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LA Chargers: 5 2021 free agents the Bolts cannot afford to let walk

(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Free agents the LA Chargers must re-sign: 3. Rayshawn Jenkins

The year started out pretty shaky for Rayshawn Jenkins as the pairing of he and Nasir Adderley was statistically one of the worst in the NFL. However, as the year has gone on Jenkins has gotten better and better and has made some really good plays both on the ball and in coverage.

Jenkins is not perfect, but having him alongside Derwin James is a really good outlook. Both Jenkins and James have this versatility about them that would allow the Chargers to (hopefully) do more creative things on defense with a new defensive coordinator.

Jenkins has certainly played himself up to have a market this offseason but I do not think that he has priced himself out of Los Angeles. However, I also would not be shocked if the team opts not to spend their cap space on Jenkins, banking on Nasir Adderley to take a step in year three.

To be fair to Adderley, he did not really have a rookie season and did not get a normal training camp or preseason this season. However, he has been really bad in pass coverage and he would have to take quite the step to be a reliable free safety alongside Derwin James.

As long as the price is not too high the LA Chargers should absolutely be in the market of bringing Jenkins back to the defense. I am really optimistic about how fun a Jenkins-James tandem can be.

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