LA Chargers: 3 options to replace Hunter Henry if he walks
By Jason Reed
LA Chargers backup options for Hunter Henry: 3. Just roll with what the team has
This would have been absurd to say before the last two weeks of the season but we saw really promising play out of Stephen Anderson in those last two weeks. Not only did he and Justin Herbert seemingly have good chemistry, but Anderson was bulldozing over players, including Justin Simmons.
Anderson definitely has potential and so does Donald Parham, the XFL standout tight end that the Chargers signed last offseason and turned to in the red zone a few times in 2020. Parham is not a great blocker, which is worrisome, but he absolutely can be a vertical threat.
The Chargers would still need to bring in another free-agent tight end but it would not be someone to the magnitude of Gerald Everett. Instead, it could be a lesser, blocking-first tight end to fill in the role that Virgil Green is more than likely going to leave behind.
Is this the best route possible? Absolutely not, but I do feel more comfortable if the team does instill faith in Parham and Anderson after those last two weeks than I would have before those last two weeks.
This would give the team more salary-cap space to pursue other free agents and would allow the team to spend that third-round pick on a bigger need. Then, if they do not sign a blocking-first tight end, they could draft someone way later in the 2021 NFL Draft for depth purposes.
At the end of the day, the hope is that the LA Chargers can come to an agreement with Hunter Henry; but they need to have backup plans.