This might be shocking. Cornerback is one of the biggest needs for the LA Chargers this offseason after the regression of Casey Hayward and Chris Harris in 2020. Hayward seems to have avoided being cut, although anything is possible.
Michael Davis very well could be the only free-agent cornerback that the LA Chargers sign this offseason. I know that is not want Charger fans want to hear but when we break down the finances and the other needs on the roster, it would not be totally surprising if the Chargers have too-much faith in Hayward and Harris.
Are the Bolts really going to sign a big-money cornerback two offseasons in a row? Probably not. The big-money cornerbacks are usually veteran big-name corners, like Harris, who end up quickly regressing.
Instead, the Chargers should most likely be drafting a cornerback in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. While I want to see the team go offensive line with back-to-back picks, it makes sense to go with a corner in round two that can provide snaps outside and at least learn from the veteran corners in 2021 to be a fully-developed product in 2022 while producing as a rookie.
Maybe the team signs a cheap slot corner for depth but that won’t move the money up that much.