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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 Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Brian Poole

There is one potential negative about bringing in Rhodes and that is his age. Rhodes is going to be 31 heading into the 2021 season and while that might not sound all-that old, cornerbacks in this league can regress really quickly and sometimes without a warning.

Just look at Casey Hayward. I totally understand if the Chargers do not want to commit to a 31-year-old free agent cornerback when they already have two older cornerbacks on the team in Hayward and Harris.

A slightly younger option for the Chargers is Brian Poole. However, because he is slightly younger he is also going to be slightly more expensive. He is making $5 million this season and I do think his salary is going to be in the $5-7 million range next season.

It is definitely doable for the Chargers but is does leave slightly less wiggle room. However, Poole would be just as nice of an addition to the Chargers as Rhodes.

Poole has a 79.5 coverage grade this season to go along with two interceptions seven passes defended and a sack.

Poole is also a decent cornerback against the run and provides more versatility in being in on running downs. However, there is a caveat with the Poole signing: he primarily plays slot cornerback.

Harris absolutely can play the outside and he did so in Denver and the team could split time with Harris and a young quarterback on the outside next season. Or, the team could simply stagger snaps, giving Harris a smaller role next season as he will be getting older.

There is not even a guarantee that Harris will be on the team as the Chargers have an out in his contract. If the Chargers want to go that route and move on from Harris then Poole would not be a bad signing.

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