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Free agents the LA Chargers must re-sign: 2. Michael Davis
The cornerback position is up in the air for the LA Chargers. The secondary took a huge step back this season because of two primary reasons: 1. Derwin James getting injured and missing the entire season and 2. the sudden regression of Casey Hayward.
Casey Hayward has not just regressed, he has been outright bad. After a good showing in Week 1 against a rookie quarterback with no career starts and an old receiver in A.J. Green, Hayward really has not been that great this season.
He has been consistently beaten by faster and bigger receivers and does not have the same coverage skills that he even had last season.
He is not the only over-30 cornerback on the team. Chris Harris missed significant time with an injury and has not really been that great when he is healthy this season. The Chargers have an out in Harris’ contract and can get out of Hayward’s contract with little dead cap space, so it is not off the table that the Chargers cut either of these guys.
Like I said: it is up in the air. For that reason, the LA Chargers cannot afford to let Michael Davis go. Davis is not CB1 material, but he has continued to take a step in a positive direction and has been just fine as a CB2-quality player.
Davis is one of the fastest players on the Chargers roster and is the team’s only real option against a big-speed threat like Tyreek Hill. He is not perfect, but that imperfection should not keep the LA Chargers from re-signing him.