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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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The case for the LA Chargers to cut Casey Hayward

Casey Hayward is an LA Chargers fan-favorite for a reason. He is legitimately one of the best corners in franchise history as he has anchored down a really fun secondary for years now. For several seasons, Hayward was one of the best corners in the entire league.

That has changed this season. While he has had some nagging injuries that are probably impacting his play, Hayward simply is not the same player that he even was last season. He has been getting beaten by other receivers constantly, to the point where it has been a liability.

Whether it is Denzel Mims, Calvin Ridley or whoever the receiver may be, Hayward has consistently been burned on over-the-top routes and has even been exposed in quick underneath routes.

His athleticism is not the same and even when he is in a position to make a play on the ball he has been unable to do so. Him being 32 next season hurts his chances of returning to form in 2021.

Hayward is set to make $11.75 million next season and if the Chargers cut him then they will free up $9.75 million for next season. That is a significant cap chunk and is more than they would save if they cut Harris.

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