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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 Chris Harris

Chris Harris did make the game-saving interception against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday Night Football that instantly raises his stock among Charger fans. However, don’t let that one interception represent his entire season thus far.

Harris has certainly been a positive addition on the defense when he is healthy but it is not like he has been spectacular. He started regressing last season in Denver, has continued slightly in LA and that easily could continue into next season.

He is a bit limited as well. While he absolutely can play on the outside and has for long portions of his career, at this point, he is better-suited playing in the slot. That kind of pigeon holes his roll on the team and it is easier to replace a slot corner than it is to replace an outside corner.

The LA Chargers have an out in his contract and would save $7.5 million if they were to cut Harris in the offseason. Both Harris and Hayward will be free agents after 2021, so that is not much of a factor in the decision.

Harris also has not been with the team long-term like Hayward. While that is not the main reason to make a decision, it can help swing the decision in favor of Hayward because the front office is more familiar with his body of work and trusts more in him to turn it around next season.

So, if the LA Chargers absolutely have to cut one of the two corners, who should they cut?

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