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Four biggest losers from the Chargers splurging on talent this offseason

Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) kneels over during the Chargers game vs. the Atlanta Falcons on December 13, 2020.
Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) kneels over during the Chargers game vs. the Atlanta Falcons on December 13, 2020. / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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Kyzir White
Linebacker Kyzir White celebrates after making a play in Los Angeles' game against the Raiders on January 9, 2022. / Chris Unger/GettyImages

No. 2: Linebacker Kyzir White

After leading the team in tackles during the 2021 season at 144, many expected White to return in 2022. A breakout year for the West Virginia product, White had his finest season to date. After an injury-shortened rookie campaign (three games played) and uneven performances in 2019 (only seven starts) and 2020 (missed six games due to injury), the linebacker put together a great 2021.

His performance, coupled with a fantastic rebound season from safety Derwin James combined to give the Chargers their first duel 100+ tackler season since Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison in 2000. 

Alas, his return was not to be as the Chargers decided to not extend his initial four-year contract. Instead, White opted to take his talents to Philadelphia, signing a one-year deal worth up to $5 million per Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network.

The trade addition of linebacker Khalil Mack probably expedited this departure, but with a decent amount of cap space left over, one would have to wonder if his presence would be an added boost for an inconsistent linebacking corps. 

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