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LA Chargers: 3 teams that should be calling for a Mike Williams trade

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 13: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers cannot make a catch in front cornerback William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 13: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers cannot make a catch in front cornerback William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Mike Williams presents one of the most interesting storylines this offseason for the LA Chargers. Williams has been more than fine as the vertical threat WR2 of the Chargers’ offense, but he is set for a big pay raise that makes him overpaid.

Williams is entering the fifth-year of his NFL career with the Chargers extending his fifth-year rookie option. That option pays Williams $15 million, making him one of the best receivers in the league.

With Hunter Henry a free agent and other roster needs present, the possibility of the team cutting or trading Williams to free up that cap space has been a hot topic among the fanbase.

Personally, I think a Mike Williams trade is probably unlikely. However, I would not completely rule out the possibility, and if it does happen, there are three teams in particular that I would keep an eye on.

LA Chargers’ potential trade partners for Mike Williams: 1. Baltimore Ravens

If you are a frequent reader of Bolt Beat then you have already heard about this trade. Ravens’ offensive lineman Orlando Brown wants to be a left tackle at all costs, which will not happen in Baltimore with Ronnie Staley still playing.

Brown is a candidate to be traded this offseason and the Chargers should be one of the first teams calling for his services. In return, the Chargers could help the Ravens out with a need of their own.

The Ravens need a better receiving corps and Williams would give them a vertical threat who can make contested catches, something the team currently does not have. Baltimore could then rework his contract and extend Williams.

It would take more than Williams and personally, I think Brown’s value would warrant Williams, the team’s 2021 second-round pick and a third or fourth-round pick next draft. Would that be worth it? Probably.

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