The New York Jets are the worst team in the NFL; the LA Chargers could capitalize on that.
The LA Chargers are not traditionally buyers in any sense of the word during the NFL trade deadline. Trades are already so much harder to pull off in the NFL than they are in the other major American sports leagues and the Chargers are a team that is not that aggressive to begin with.
In fact, the last time the Chargers traded for a player right before the trade deadline was all the way back in 2007, when they acquired wide receiver Chris Chambers from the Miami Dolphins. They acquired a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL Draft for Dontrelle Inman that was not conveyed.
While it is unlike the Chargers to make a deadline move, the team could benefit from another team’s misfortunate. In particular, the team could pick off some players from the flailing New York Jets.
The Jets are 0-7 on the season and things do not appear to be getting any better. At this point, it feels like the team’s ceiling is two wins and that they are more focused on Trevor Lawrence than anything else.
Thus, the Chargers could potentially benefit from this mindset and get some talent for their own playoff push for relatively cheap. This would not work if the Jets did not have valuable trade targets, but they do.
There are two defensive players on the roster that are both in the last years of their contracts, both have small salaries and both could help the Chargers fill a need.