Casey Hayward and Chris Harris
I stressed this to my fellow Bolt Beat writers before the season but I was hopeful that I was wrong. The cornerback position is one that gets really old really fast in the NFL and one player that was great one year can regress quickly the next year.
If they are on the wrong side of 30 then that regression can get accelerated. That is what has happened to Casey Hayward. He went from one of the 10-best corners in the league last season to one of the worst CB1s in the league.
Hayward has been bad. While he has shown some of his vintage flashes, he continually has gotten beaten deep and has committed some bad penalties this season. He made Joe Flacco look really good, which is hard to do.
Hayward is set to make $11.75 million next season and the Chargers could cut him to save a total of $9.75 million. However, with Michael Davis being a free agent and depth problems at outside corner, I am not sure if the team will do that.
Hayward is not the only old overpaid cornerback on the Chargers, though. Chris Harris has been hurt this season, has continued his regression that started the previous season and will make $11.25 million next season.
That is a combined $23 million for two corners who are over the hill and below league average. That is just poor roster construction.
The LA Chargers have an out on Harris’ contract and they would save $7.5 million if they utilized it.