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LA Chargers: 3 early free-agent cornerback targets for next offseason

Oct 11, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Xavier Rhodes (27) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Xavier Rhodes (27) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers’ secondary has taken a big step back this season.

The LA Chargers got a massive upgrade that they were not anticipating this season. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is on pace to not only have the best rookie season in NFL history but perhaps the best season in franchise history.

Despite this, the Chargers currently sit at just 3-7 with several heartbreaking losses this season. While we could flip just one thing about several games and the Bolts will be a winning team, they have still had some disappointing performances.

Most notably, the special teams and defense have been poor this season. The defense has been riddled with injuries but it has still been awful. The Chargers have allowed 28 points in seven consecutive games, including to two terrible offensive teams in the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

A big reason for these defensive struggles is the secondary. The safeties have been bad without Derwin James and the cornerback have taken a big step back. Casey Hayward no longer looks like a legitimate CB1, Chris Harris has been hurt and Desmond King has been traded.

The cornerback position is absolutely going to be one of the Chargers’ primary needs in the offseason, including both free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.

The LA Chargers won’t have a ton of cap space. Spotrac currently projects the Chargers to have $33.4 million in cap space but that is before factoring in the 2021 NFL Draft as well as potential re-signings, such as Hunter Henry or Melvin Ingram.

The Bolts will not have a lot of money to spend but they absolutely could bring in one more outside cornerback to help round out the secondary (allowing Chris Harris to be the slot corner). Here are three potential early options.

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