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The LA Chargers have a fairly well-rounded roster heading into the 2021 season that is good enough to make them a legitimate Super Bowl darkhorse. While there are some holes, the talent is there to make a deep run this season.
There definitely are areas for improvement and if Brandon Staley could wave a magic wand and magically get other players on the league to fill some of the team’s holes then he definitely would. He cannot, but for the sake of light-hearted fun, we can.
Last June we introduced our “steal a player” series here at Bolt Beat that broke down across eight articles one player from every single team in the league that the Chargers would steal if they could.
With the Chargers roster looking much different and other players jumping out, we decided to bring back the series a year later, again looking at one player from each team in the league that the Chargers would steal if given the chance.
Today, we look at the players that the LA Chargers would steal from their AFC West foes.
We are comparing our answers this year to the answers that we gave last June to see what has changed, what holes have opened up, or simply where the logic has changed when looking at the roster.
It is important to note before we get into this, we are by no means suggesting that the LA Chargers could/would/or should trade for these players. This is simply a fun, hypothetical exercise for Charger fans to talk about in the dog days of NFL summer.
We are also tweaking it from last year. Last year the players from each division were all being brought in, meaning that we did not take multiple quarterbacks from the same division, for example. That is no longer the case. They are not connected in any way.
Oh, and for clarity’s sake, this would be a one-year steal. We are not considering salaries or long-term projections. Simply what player would help the 2021 LA Chargers the most. It is not always the best player, as evident from our first team.