The NFL trade deadline is right around the corner and it is coming at a good time for the LA Chargers. Los Angeles is currently in its bye week at the same time as the deadline, making it easier to evaluate the team and move in a certain direction if changes need to be made.
Changes certainly need to be made as this team needs to bring in external help to address some of the weaknesses on the roster. One of those weaknesses is at edge rusher as Joey Bosa has been out with a torn groin and now, Chris Rumph has joined him among the injured with an MCL sprain.
Brandon Staley's defensive scheme is predicated on getting pressure on the quarterback with four rushers and this team cannot do that consistently. Thus, it would benefit the team to give Khalil Mack some help right now and some more depth for when Bosa does return.
Here are 3 edge rushers the Chargers should undoubtedly try to trade for before the deadline:
1. Jerry Hughes
Jerry Hughes makes the most sense from a contract and price standpoint. The veteran edge rusher is on a cheap contract as his cap hit is only $3.75 million this season. Hughes also has an out in his contract after the 2022 season that would carry just a $1.25 dead cap hit.
The Chargers could get out of it if they absolutely needed to but they would also get a veteran presence that they could bring back for depth next season for extremely cheap. That makes him more valuable to the Chargers.
According to Pro Football Focus, Hughes has 17 pressures and four sacks in 157 pass-rushing snaps this season. He has long been a quality pass rusher that can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense like the Chargers and he is good enough in the run as well.