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LA Chargers: Five players who are grossly overpaid in 2021

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers breaks up a pass to Seth Roberts #15 of the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter in a 21-16 Panthers win at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers breaks up a pass to Seth Roberts #15 of the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter in a 21-16 Panthers win at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Many are already looking at next season for the LA Chargers and the salary cap situation is rough.

The LA Chargers‘ focus must be on next season and establishing a new culture and building on the talent that the team does have. This season is all but done and at this point, most Charger fans would probably agree that losing out is better than winning out.

The 2021 NFL Draft is an exciting one but in all honesty, the upcoming offseason is not all that exciting for the LA Chargers. The team had a lot of financial flexibility last offseason. After agreeing to extensions with Joey Bosa and Keenan Allen, the same cannot be said for this upcoming offseason.

The Chargers are going to have to get savvy with the salary cap, reworking the number in their favor to build a roster that can contend around Justin Herbert. Making it tougher are these five overpaid players.

All salary cap numbers courtesy of Over the Cap

Mike Williams — $15.68 million

I really like Mike Williams so do not take this as a knock against the former Clemson receiver. Was picking him with the seventh overall pick the right move? Probably not. Is he the WR1-caliber receiver that they were hoping for? Unfortunately, no.

However, he is a solid WR2 deep-ball option that is a really nice scheme fit with Justin Herbert at quarterback. That does not mean that he is worth what he is getting paid in 2021.

To be fair, this is the fifth year of his rookie contract that the Chargers already decided to exercise. However, they exercised that before 2020, expecting him to continue his upwards trajectory, which he has not.

Part of it is out of necessity. The Chargers essentially need to overpay him in 2021 to give them a year more cushion to draft and develop a WR2 or put it off until the 2022 NFL Draft to focus on other needs for the time being.

So yes, he is overpaid, but ironically, it is a necessary overpay.

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