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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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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Free-agent wide receivers the LA Chargers could target: 3. Demarcus Robinson

There are other names on the free-agent market that are intriguing but would cost too much. Someone like Josh Reynolds could replace what Williams does, would be cheaper and would likely sign a multi-year deal. He also has connections to the Chargers because of Brandon Staley.

However, while a three-year, $22-23 million contract might seem intriguing as it gives the Chargers an option post-Williams that is cheaper, I would probably just have Williams for 2021 and see if he takes an extension that works for both parties after the year.

If the Bolts cut Williams and signed a free agent it would have to be someone who gets, at most, $5 million. Demarcus Robinson falls under that category alognside Green and Perriman as Over The Cap projects him to be worth $5.03 million.

Robinson gets lost in the shuffle a bit with all of the weapons in Kansas City but he is another deep-threat option that could produce 90% of what Williams produced last season if he was the WR2 in the Chargers’ offense.

Over the last two seasons Robinson has 77 receptions in 114 targets for 915 yards and seven touchdowns. While it is never this simple, if we equate Robinson’s targets to how many targets Williams has gotten the last two years we see a big uptick in his production.

Assuming his numbers stayed at the exact same pace, with as many targets as Williams the last two seasons Robinson would have 118 combined receptions for 1,404 yards and 10 touchdowns. Williams has 97 combined receptions for 1,757 yards and seven touchdowns.

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He is not a jump-ball option like Mike Williams but he is someone who could slot in at WR2 and do just fine.

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