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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 Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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The LA Chargers lure away Troy Hill with Brandon Staley

Brandon Staley is naturally going to have some pull on the free agents that the LA Chargers sign and his impact on the team’s he previously coached could help the LA Chargers. In particular, the Chargers could continue adding depth to the cornerback room with Troy Hill.

Hill is a free agent after a multi-year tenure with the Rams and he played his best football in 2020. Hill, as we know because he played with Staley, is great in a Staley defense as he can play both in the slot and outside.

Hill would be the team’s primary slot cornerback and could bounce outside if needed. Last season, Hill played 620 snaps in the slot, 350 snaps outside and another 133 snaps in the box.

He is a realistic free-agent target as well. While the LA Chargers do not have unlimited cap space, they could afford to bring in Hill. Spotrac estimates that Hill will get a two-year, $12.6 million contract. With some signing bonus savviness, the Chargers could get Hill for a cap hit around $3-4 million at that price.

That is exactly the kind of cheap cornerback the team should sign. I do not want to see the Chargers sign another veteran cornerback that is just going to regress. Sign someone, like Hill, who is situationally solid, is still relatively young and won’t get much more than a two-year deal.

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