Predicting the contracts for the 6 biggest LA Chargers free agents
Denzel Perryman: Two years, $13.5 million ($6.75 million per season)
I do think Denzel Perryman will get slightly more than Michael Davis just because teams seem to overpay for inside linebackers every offseason and it is a shorter deal. Davis will have more overall guaranteed money and is obviously making more but Perryman gets a slightly higher salary as it is shorter.
Perryman is likely going to be somewhere else in 2021. The Chargers essentially drafted Kenneth Murray to replace Perryman on the defense and that is exactly what is going to happen. Luckily for Perryman, he had a solid season in 2020 that will help him get paid a decent amount.
Perryman’s career with the LA Chargers was up and down. Sometimes he looked fantastic and was a crucial part of the team’s defense. At other times he was extremely frustrating to watch.
He is an experienced inside linebacker under the age of 30 and that is naturally going to drive his price up. Tyler Matakevich got a two-year, $7 million deal last offseason and he has not really even done much defensively in his NFL career.
Christian Kirksey got a two-year, $13 million deal from the Green Bay Packers after having a down year in 2019. I think Perryman’s contract is going to be similar to Kirksey’s, with Perryman getting slightly more as he is coming off of a solid season, not a bad one.
This is the contract I am the most confused about as I could be off by a lot in either direction. Based on trends, $13.5 million seems right.