LB: Denzel Perryman
The linebacker group seems set right now in terms of the starters. Kenneth Murray will obviously take on an even bigger role in 2021. Drue Tranquill is set to return from injury and Kyzir White seems like a really great fit for Staley’s scheme.
Depth is what matters here and Denzel Perryman is a big part of that. By now, Perryman knows he’s not an every-down linebacker. What he is really good at is early-down performance and stopping the run. Those gaps are filled much better when Perryman is on the field.
In his role, Perryman played really efficient football. He finished the year with an 83.3 PFF grade, the highest mark of his career. That number is due to career lows in missed tackles, receptions allowed, and yards allowed.
It wasn’t just about less playing time in coverage either. His yards per reception allowed was 5.3, by far the lowest of his career. We already knew Perryman was dynamite when it came to stuffing the run, but he was really good in coverage and great in open-field tackling.
Most importantly, his value is still about the same as the last contract the Chargers signed him to. $4-6 million in AAV should be able to get the job done here. While Perryman plays a smaller role now, he’s both dependable and efficient.