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LA Chargers: Building the ideal cornerback room without Casey Hayward

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Chris Harris #25 and Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate an interception by Hayward during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Chris Harris #25 and Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate an interception by Hayward during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers made the move that many fans were expecting them to make before NFL free agency began and cut veteran cornerback Casey Hayward. The two-time All-Pro was not himself in 2020 and the Chargers saved $9.75 million against the cap in 2021.

With or without Hayward, the Bolts had a lot to figure out at the corner position. Not only was the team dealing with the regressions of Hayward and Chris Harris, but the best corner last season, Michael Davis, is an unrestricted free agent.

And the Chargers unfortunately do not have any young corners on the roster as the team decided to draft Joshua Kelley (the worst running back in the league last season) instead of a cornerback in the fourth round.

The LA Chargers need to focus on the cornerback room this offseason.

There are two main priorities this offseason: protect Justin Herbert and build a defense that captures Brandon Staley’s vision. To do so, Telesco needs to start at the cornerback position.

The Chargers can only do so much in the offseason, though. There are limited resources both in money and draft capital so the Chargers have to be savvy in what they do.

Here is my ideal cornerback room for the 2021 season that also stays in the realm of possibility.

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