With Joey Bosa now signed for the long term, it’s worth looking at some of the other key LA Chargers who could also get re-signed.
Joey Bosa‘s contract has made LA Chargers fans look to the future with other players on the team who are due for a contract extension. Per NFL reporter Jim Trotter, the team began extension talks with Keenan Allen as the ink was still drying on Bosa’s contract.
Of course, the possible extensions don’t end with Bosa or Allen either. Melvin Ingram is a key contributor for the team and it’s hard to see the Chargers not attempting to extend him. The same is also probably true for Hunter Henry, despite his injuries. There are also free agents who’s chances of being back with the Chargers are dwindling.
From the lowest percentage to highest, let’s start with the first free agent:
After a recent contract restructure going into the last year of his contract, the odds of Denzel Perryman being back after 2020 don’t seem particularly high. Perryman finished 2019 by averaging 25.64 snaps per game, by far the lower mark of his career.
In addition to his decreasing role in 2019, it wouldn’t surprise me if his role decreased further in 2020. The Chargers seem to be going all-in on the youth movement at linebacker with guys like Drue Tranquill, Kenneth Murray, and Kyzir White all on track to start next season.
There will be some rush defense looks where Anthony Lynn throws Perryman on the field, but with Thomas Davis gone and a trio of young guys taking an increased role, Perryman seems like an odd man out in some ways.
Perhaps the Chargers might value having him for 15-20 snaps per game in the future, but I honestly wouldn’t see the point of re-signing a player with such a diminished role. Of course, Perryman also has an injury history that one has to consider in the decision to re-sign. It’s hard to say anything is a zero percent chance, but Perryman is one of the more unlikely free agents to return.
Chance of re-signing: 10%