LA Chargers: Denzel Perryman named as most likely to be traded

Denzel Perryman #52 of the LA Chargers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Denzel Perryman #52 of the LA Chargers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Denzel Perryman is a potential trade candidate for the LA Chargers.

There is a lot of intrigue surrounding the LA Chargers heading into the 2020 season and it is more than just because the team is on this year’s season of ‘Hard Knocks’.

The Chargers are undergoing a quarterback change for the first time in a decade in a half, pivoting from Philip Rivers to (most likely) one season of Tyrod Taylor before sixth overall pick Justin Herbert takes over the offense.

That is not the only first-round pick that is making an impact on the overall roster this season, though. The team traded back into the first round to draft Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray, a hard-nosed linebacker that is being brought in to help the efforts on the run defense.

Because of Murray, another Charger linebacker has become a player that very well could be expendable before the 2020 season even begins.

Denzel Perryman is named as the most likely LA Chargers player to be traded before the 2020 season.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report named one player on every NFL team that is the most likely to be traded before the 2020 season even begins and Denzel Perryman earned that honor for the LA Chargers.

I would have to agree with Knox that Perryman is the most likely to be traded before the 2020 season but I still do not see an avenue in which the Chargers do trade Perryman.

Perryman has been really effective for the defense at times and has shown flashes of being a really solid linebacker. However, the problem with Perryman is his inconsistencies in not only staying healthy but being reliably productive on the defensive side.

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That is why the LA Chargers drafted Murray. He is essentially going to be doing what Perryman was supposed to be doing for the defense.

If the Chargers need to make roster cuts and Perryman is one of the last people to get cut then it absolutely makes sense for the team to try to flip him to a team that needs linebacker depth for a sixth or seventh-round pick. That is the absolute most they would get for him, but it is something and better than cutting him.

And this is a case where I could see a team actually spending a sixth or seventh-round pick on Perryman, especially if there is a contending team that needs a backer.

Perryman is not someone who the LA Chargers are going to be shopping, though. They only save $1 million because of his dead cap hit and as we know with the Chargers, depth is a very important thing to have.

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So yes, Denzel Perryman absolutely is the most likely player to be traded from the LA Chargers before the 2020 season begins — I just don’t think it is that likely that a trade happens.