CB: William Jackson III
Michael Davis should definitely be a focus in free agency for the Chargers, but he may not be the only question the team needs to answer. Based on the cap hits and how they work out, it’s very possible that one of Chris Harris or Casey Hayward is cut.
The draft can be a potential spot where the Chargers find a starter at cornerback. Per the usual consensus on this 2021 CB class though, it’s not too deep outside of Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley, and Jaycee Horn.
If the Chargers do go cornerback in the first round, it makes the secondary instantly better. But many would argue there are bigger needs at the top of the draft for Los Angeles, like the offensive line.
William Jackson III burst onto the scene in his first season and ranked top 10 amongst cornerbacks, per PFF. Since then, he’s never quite reached that peak again. He still has been a solid outside corner.
Spotrac currently values Jackson at $6.3 million per year. Compared to what you’re paying an aging Hayward in 2021, it’s a slick deal. Playing with a much better all-around secondary than Cincy should help Jackson in his attempt to get back to his 2017 form.
This is obviously a signing that depends on what the Bolts do with their secondary room. Theoretically, I view it as a potential signing should one of Davis or Hayward not end up returning. His speed is exactly what the Chargers would be looking for in the secondary and he can be a sticky defender, even if not lockdown per se.