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LA Chargers: 3 players who benefitted the most from free agency

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers pitches the ball to avoid a sack from defensive end Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers pitches the ball to avoid a sack from defensive end Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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2. Nasir Adderley

Whether you like it or not (you probably don’t), Nasir Adderley has been one of the players to benefit the most from the LA Chargers’ free agency activity thus far. This case has more to do with who the Chargers let walk and the fact that the team did not replace them with a free agent.

That someone is Rayshawn Jenkins, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars after two standout seasons with the LA Chargers. Both of those seasons came with Derwin James injured, though. With James healthy, it didn’t make sense for the Chargers to overpay for Jenkins.

Part of the reason why the team was likely okay with letting Jenkins walk was Adderley. While he was really bad last season, he is still a developing player and was extremely exciting coming out of college. He was considered a steal for the LA Chargers out of the draft and the team does not seem to be giving up on him quite yet.

The team still needs a depth safety that can help with rotations and step in if Adderley continues to play poorly but as it stands right now, it is hard to imagine the Chargers signing or drafting someone that wll start over Adderley.

The hope is that with an actual training camp and some preseason games, and a full season under his belt, that Adderley can begin to take the right steps forward. Remember: he dealt with injuries his rookie season and had to deal with poor circumstances in year two.

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