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LA Chargers: Making the case for and against signing Patrick Peterson

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

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.

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