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5 players who are likely entering their last season with the LA Chargers

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during the NFL game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during the NFL game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

5. Mike Williams

The big-name that could be entering his last season with the LA Chargers is Mike Williams, and quite frankly, it makes sense for the team to move on from Williams after this season.

There is only one instance in which I could see Williams actually returning to the Chargers next season. If the Bolts do go on a playoff run and think that they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders then they could slap the franchise tag on Williams to run it back in 2022.

Sure, it would result in Williams being overpaid versus his production but he is being overpaid on his fifth-year option this year and the franchise tag would allow the team to keep him without locking him up long-term.

Wide receivers are a hot commodity in the NFL and if Williams has a season similar to his 2018 season then he is going to get a decent contract offer from some team with a bad young quarterback that is trying to surround him with weapons.

And for the Chargers, it does not make sense to sign Williams to a four-year, $50 million+ contract. He is an above-average receiver for sure but he is not in the top 20, which is what he would be getting paid as.

Selecting Josh Palmer, who has a very similar profile to Mike Williams, hammers home the fact that the Chargers have the same line of thinking. That Williams’ days in the powder blue could be numbered.

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And yes, this means that the Williams selection would be a bad one. While entertaining, you hope to get a legitimate franchise receiver when you pick a receiver in the top 10, not someone who does not last past their rookie deal.

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