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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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3. Ronald Darby

Those that have the Thanksgiving game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team fresh in their memory might laugh at the idea of the LA Chargers signing Ronald Darby. Darby was absolutely torched my Amari Cooper in the first half, leading to Dallas’ only offensive touchdown in the game.

That was a bad look and he certainly was not the best in Philadelphia but he has been pretty solid this season. He is not anyone who is going to revolutionize the Chargers’ defense but he is a versatile corner that can make plays on the ball and make a legitimate difference on this defense.

Darby — and again, take this with a grain of salt — has amassed a 77.7 coverage rating this season. However, he has also been in the green in other areas as well, getting a 67.9 pass-rush grade and a 73.1 run defense grade.

Darby will only be 27 next season so he absolutely could be a sneaky good signing by the Bolts if they can secure him with multiple years. That might be the way to go as well as they would probably be able to sign him to a smaller salary with more guaranteed money overall.

Darby has potential. He was not taken in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft for nothing. You know who else was taken in the second round in their draft and came to the Chargers at 27 years old after an underwhelming start to their career? Casey Hayward.

Now, the last thing I want to do is say Darby can be the next Hayward but it shows that sometimes the right situation can make a world’s difference and Darby has already been better in Washington.

Next. Should the Chargers bring back Kalen Ballage?

He is someone who can play outside, can play in the slot and even has a decent number of snaps in the box this season. That is the kind of versatility that will make this defense deeper and more talented.

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