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LA Chargers: 3 free-agent receivers to sign if Mike Williams is cut/traded

Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) runs with the ball as Denver Broncos inside linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) defends during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) runs with the ball as Denver Broncos inside linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) defends during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has been good for the team but has not quite lived up to the expectations that he had when he was drafted to the team. When a team drafts a receiver with the seventh overall pick he should be expected to be a franchise wideout. That just has not been the case for Williams.

That does not mean Williams has been bad in the slightest. The former Clemson Tiger has a Pro Bowl and 1,000-yard season to his name. With Philip Rivers in 2019, Williams led the league in yards per receptions.

Williams took a small step back in 2020 but he still projects to be a solid WR2. He and Keenan Allen still present one of the best 1-2 punches at receiver in the entire league.

There is just one problem: Williams is playing under his fifth-year option in 2021 and is set to make $15 million. That makes him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league. The Chargers do not have a ton of cap flexibility, potentially putting Williams on the chopping block.

Cutting or trading Williams is one move that could help the Chargers instantly free up $32 million in cap space as he holds no dead cap in 2021.

If the Chargers do cut Williams, however, then the team probably should look to bring in another veteran receiver for depth. I know that the popular consensus is to draft a receiver early in the 2021 NFL Draft, but with so many other needs, I cannot see the Chargers picking a receiver in the first three rounds.

Sure, they may pick a receiver in the fourth or later, but then they are in the same boat as Joe Reed and K.J. Hill and need to develop.

These targets are not the greatest as the team would still be looking to free up as much salary-cap space as possible but here are three receivers nonetheless that the team could target if Mike Williams is not on the roster in 2021.

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