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Should the LA Chargers cut Casey Hayward or Chris Harris?

Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims (11) catches a pass against Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward (26) in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims (11) catches a pass against Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward (26) in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers may have to make some difficult roster decisions in the offseason.

The LA Chargers’ season is essentially over, with two games remaining on the schedule that don’t mean anything more than the draft position. At this point, Justin Herbert’s trek towards rookie passing records is the last thing Charger fans have to root for this season.

With that being said, the attention of many Charger fans has turned to the upcoming offseason. The Chargers absolutely have the foundation to be a Super Bowl contender, the front office just has to maximize the situation.

An elite young quarterback on his rookie deal is the most ideal situation to contend for the Super Bowl. It becomes even easier when the team has a top-five wide receiver (Keenan Allen), a top-five edge rusher (Joey Bosa), a top-five safety (Derwin James, when healthy) and a top-five dual threat running back (Austin Ekeler).

If that isn’t a Super Bowl-worthy foundation then I do not know what is. However, there are two current problems in LA: coaching and a top-heavy roster.

This top-heavy roster is going to force the team to jump through some salary cap hoops as well. The Chargers only have 34 players signed to the roster next season and if they re-sign Hunter Henry then he and the draft class will take up just under two-thirds of the current remaining cap.

Thus, several players are at risk of being cut to save money. There are two such players in the secondary in Casey Hayward and Chris Harris, who are both on the wrong side of 30, are paid eight-figures next year and both have relatively low dead cap hits.

So, if the Bolts do cut one of the two cornerbacks, who should it be? Let’s break down the case for cutting Hayward, the case for cutting Harris and come to a final verdict.

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