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.