2. Marcus Maye
Again, these are not trade targets that are going to revolutionize the LA Chargers defense as that is not really what the team is in the market for. The team is in the market for talented depth that can help the defense rebound this season without costing too much capital.
That is again the case with Marcus Maye. Maye does carry more trade value than Williamson, but not much. A sixth-round pick is the most I can see the New York Jets getting for half a season of Maye.
Maye is in the last year of his rookie deal and only carried a $2 million cap hit this season. Like Williamson, he does not hurt the Chargers’ cap next season and becomes a trade target since he is in the last year of his deal in New York.
Maye is a decent safety for the Jets. He has had a solid season as far as Pro Football Focus is concerned, posting an overall defensive grade of 76.8 this season. Most importantly, his pass-coverage grade this season is 75.7.
Maye has quietly been a solid safety on the New York Jets throughout his career. He is certainly having a better season than Rayshawn Jenkins and Nasir Adderley, making him a potential must-get for the Chargers.
Maye is arguably a better option to play free safety than Adderley right away, although he would probably slowly transition into a bigger role on the LA Chargers as he learns the defensive schemes.
Most importantly, though, Maye is a really versatile player that can play both safety positions alongside either Adderley or Jenkins with relative ease. He has played 149 snaps in the box and 94 snaps at slot corner as well.
Maye is Derwin James-light. He is nowhere close to as talented as James, but he is someone who provides that same versatility and allows the Chargers to be as creative as initially planned with the defense.