Chargers Free Agency

The LA Chargers must stay away from these veteran free agents

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 25: Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 25: Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Richard Sherman

The LA Chargers need cornerback help and signing a vetreran corner for cheap to fill out the depth chart might not sound like the worst idea. Sure, the Chargers cut Casey Hayward, but that had just as much to do with his contract and the small dead cap hit than it did with his scheme fit in Brandon Staley’s defense.

Richard Sherman would be much cheaper than Hayward, so that alone is a plus for the Chargers. He also fits Brandon Staley’s defense a bit better than Hayward, although I would not go as far as to say it is a great fit.

At the end of the day, though, if the Chargers are going to sign a veteran cornerback for depth then they should sign someone slightly younger that can still produce when used. Sherman, as great of a career as he has had, likely won’t be great next season.

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The 33-year-old is coming off of an injury-plagued 2020 season that is going to accelerate his natural regression. Sure, he was very good in 2019, but as we saw with Hayward, veteran cornerbacks can regress faster than football fans can blink.

It would be a waste of money, quite frankly. There may not be great options on the market, but there are better options than Sherman and even as a depth corner it would not be a great signing.

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