The case for Patrick Peterson: The LA Chargers have holes in the secondary
One of the biggest roster needs for the LA Chargers this offseason is the cornerback position. While the defense as a whole seemed to perform at a decent level, the secondary was exposed against high-level quarterbacks and had a terrible stretch in the middle of the season that got the Bolts in a rut.
Every single team from Week 4 to Week 13 scored 27 or more points against the LA Chargers. Granted, it was not all the defense’s fault, but they certainly were not great, either.
Casey Hayward took a step back and there is no reason to believe that he will suddenly turn it around in 2021. Chris Harris was okay at times but missed a big chunk of the season, severely hurting the slot corner position.
Michael Davis was the most promising member of the secondary but he is a free agent this offseason and there is no guarantee that he returns. Plus, both Harris and Hayward could be cut to free up cap space.
There is a need at the position and with a bigger need existing at offensive line, the Chargers may not draft a corner until their third or fourth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They can get a decent prospect, but not one that will truly bolster the secondary on day one.
That leaves free agency as a potential destination to bring in new talent, which points towards Patrick Peterson.