Chargers Draft

3 teams the LA Chargers could trade down with in the 2022 NFL Draft

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2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back in the search for a quarterback as Tom Brady announced his retirement after losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. There are a lot of different directions that the Bucs could go and there is a world in which the Bucs do not need a first-round quarterback in 2022.

The best-case scenario for Tampa Bay would be going from one all-time great to another and convincing Aaron Rodgers to come down to Tampa Bay. That certainly should not be ruled out as it would keep Rodgers in the thin NFC and allow him to dominate for the next 3-4 years.

Another possibility if the Bucs cannot get Rodgers is trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. Jimmy G likely played his last game with the 49ers and the Bucs are a well-built team that might be willing to trade a second-round pick for his services.

If none of that happens (or maybe if it does happen and Jimmy G is just a stopgap option) the Bucs might look to draft a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. This year's quarterback class is much thinner than previous years but the Bucs could still find a diamond in the rough.

There are teams between the Chargers and the Bucs who could use a quarterback and that could convince the Bucs to move up if their top QB is available at 17. The Saints are a wild-card pick that could select a quarterback, making the Chargers a good spot to try and trade to.

The Bolts would get quite the draft capital for moving from 17 to 27 and could still end up with someone like Trevor Penning.

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