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5 mistakes the LA Chargers must avoid making this offseason

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Trai Turner #70 react in the middle of the field in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Trai Turner #70 react in the middle of the field in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

5. The LA Chargers not cutting Trai Turner

This is a no-brainer. I know that the goal of this offseason is to help Justin Herbert and cutting an offensive lineman seemingly counteracts that goal, but cutting Trai Turner opens so many other doors for the Bolts without really losing anything in the process.

Simply put: Turner was awful last season. He mostly battled injury throughout the year but even when he was healthy he was not good. He was a far below-average right guard for the Chargers and did not have the kind of impact that was expected.

He is set to get paid $11.5 million in 2021 and the Chargers can free up all of that money by cutting or trading Trai Turner before June 1. Perhaps they are waiting to see who they get in the NFL Draft, but I am shocked that we have not heard anything about Turner getting cut yet.

Sure, it opens up a hole at right guard but that hole is arguably already there. The Chargers are going to have to prepare for Turner to leave after this season anyway so they might as well address the problem now.

Plus, cutting Turner frees up the money to go in free agency and sign someone who might be slightly cheaper but will be better than Turner was last season. If everything goes perfectly, perhaps the Chargers could land Wyatt Davis in the second round to be the team’s starting right guard moving forward.

If they draft a left tackle in the first round and Davis in the second round then they just have to figure out left guard and center. Center can be taken later in the draft and left guard could be signed in free agency.

Next. Mock draft with the Chargers trading down to 24

The best version of the LA Chargers offensive line in 2021 does not include Trai Turner.

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