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LA Chargers: 2 potential trade targets from the tanking New York Jets

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets looks on prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets looks on prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Avery Williamson

The LA Chargers could use some more depth at the linebacker position. The team has been tested early on this season with Drue Tranquill suffering a season-ending injury early in Week 1 and Nick Vigil getting hurt and then not producing in-game for the Bolts.

The Chargers have a decent-enough linebacker core on paper with Kenneth Murray, Denzel Perryman and Kyzir White but the team could improve. Avery Williamson is not someone who will redefine the position for the team, but he will add much-needed depth for that playoff push.

Williamson is an inside backer and is a bit redundant in his skill set as he is much better in defending the run. That is kind of the problem with the Bolts’ linebacker core as they do not have the coverage linebackers that they were expecting.

However, Williamson is still better in coverage than Kenneth Murray and bringing in a veteran like him would allow Gus Bradley to give Murray some time off during games, which originally seemed to be the plan with Perryman and Murray before Tranquill got hurt.

Williamson would only warrant a seventh-round pick and the Chargers could even get away with making it a conditional pick. He is in the last year of his contract with just a $4.75 million cap hit. The Chargers could absolutely afford him under the books.

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