I don’t think it’s a guarantee that Casey Hayward is back on the Chargers next season. His 2020 performance has shown a level of decline that I didn’t previously think would happen so soon.
Hayward may be seen as expendable if the Chargers were to take a cornerback like Patrick Surtain or Caleb Farley in the first round in addition to re-signing Michael Davis.
The last four games of the 2020 present Hayward with tough tests. Good luck with Julio Jones in addition to three straight divisional rematches. How he performs in these games may very well affect the Chargers’ offseason plans.
A $10.7 million cap hit is something for the Chargers to consider this offseason. Hayward needs to have some good games down the stretch to solidify his standing going into next season.
The struggles with size in particular is what has me concerned for the future of Hayward on the Chargers. Bigger receivers like Mike Evans, Denzel Mims, and DaeSean Hamilton were all able to physically impose on the veteran corner with ease.
How beatable he looks on the deep ball is also a concern. Hayward is allowing 18 yards per reception in 2020, which is by far the most in his career. If opposing quarterbacks know they can toast your main corner deep, it’s hard to have a cohesive secondary gameplan.