Desmond King does not seem to be happy with his role on the LA Chargers — is this the straw that breaks the camel’s back?
Yep, we are taking the bait.
For months now there has been speculation that the LA Chargers would be open to trading Desmond King. King was the most expendable piece in the offseason but as a former All-Pro, had value in a potential trade.
King was coming off of a dud of a season a year after being named an All-Pro, making the case to trade him even stronger. There was speculation that the team would flip King for Riley Reiff, which (obviously) did not lead to anything.
The speculation faded and King seemed to gain value after Derwin James’ injury. However, the team still was not using him frequently and he took exception to that. King fired off multiple tweets about his playing time as he was not in the defensive rotations much prior to Rayshawn Jenkins’ groin injury on Sunday.
These tweets are not a good look. Anthony Lynn has built a culture on the Chargers that shies away from these kinds of things and Lynn admitted that he was disappointed that King would turn to social media.
#Chargers coach Anthony Lynn comments on Desmond King’s tweets, “if someone in our building wants answers they know where to get em. They might not like the answers they get.” He says it is “disappointing” that a player would turn to social media.
— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) September 21, 2020
The Chargers could definitely use King for depth at the safety position. They are planning on bringing Jahleel Addae in for a workout, but King is still a much-better depth option.
However, and we have seen this time and time again in the NFL, it could reach a breaking point. If the Chargers can flip a negative into a positive then they absolutely should do so. This at least re-opens the door for a potential Desmond King trade.
There are definitely teams in the league that would benefit from King while also allowing him an opportunity to have an every-down role. Here are the three that make the most sense through two weeks.