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3 recent former Chargers who would've thrived with Brandon Staley

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Keenan Allen, Denzel Perryman
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2. Denzel Perryman

You cannot really blame Tom Telesco too much for letting Denzel Perryman walk last offseason as his 2021 season really was a breakout year that was better than any year on the Bolts. Plus, the Chargers had just drafted Kenneth Murray in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to essentially be Perryman's replacement.

We can be hindsight managers all we want but we were all hyping up Kenneth Murray this time last year after his rookie season. Sure, he has been awful since, but you cannot completely blame Telesco for making this decision.

That does not mean that he wouldn't be great under Brandon Staley, though. Would Perryman have had the Pro Bowl season in Staley's defense that he had with the Las Vegas Raiders? Probably not. However, he definitely would have been better than Murray and would have also been better than Drue Tranquill.

Now the Chargers are in a crossroads at the linebacker position with Kyzir White being a free agent and the team having more pressing draft needs than linebacker. We saw the team have too much faith in Jerry Tillery last season so they could very well trust Murray a bit too much to replace White on the team.

This same issue would not have been present if the Chargers re-signed Perryman last offseason. Of course, that would have created less cap space for the team, but his two-year, $6 million deal was easily doable for the Bolts.

Heck, maybe Tom Telesco has a thing against two-year deals worth $6 million.