The LA Chargers' bye week lined up perfectly with the 2022 NFL trade deadline and with several holes on the roster, all the stars were aligning for the team to make some kind of move. However, despite being "all in" on the season, the Chargers ultimately decided to do nothing.
Expecting the team to make a huge trade for someone like D.J. Moore or Brandin Cooks was silly. The Chargers were never going to make a trade that big as they did not have the resources to do so. That being said, the team still could have done something. Instead, they stood pat with obvious holes on the roster.
There are 3 trades that the Chargers will definitely regret not making.
Two of these trades are actual deals that happened that the Chargers would have benefitted from if they were the one sending the asset instead of the team that actually made the deal. Meanwhile, the third is more of a generality. Let's dive into that first.
1. The Chargers will regret not trading for a wide receiver
The LA Chargers have not done everything possible to make sure that Justin Herbert has viable weapons to throw to. With Mike Williams suffering a high ankle sprain and missing the next 4-6 weeks, the Bolts are trotting out a wide receiver room that is horrible.
They have Keenan Allen, who might be on a snap count and did not even practice for the team on Monday after the bye week. They have a struggling Josh Palmer who has not been able to take that next step. They have a career special teams player in DeAndre Carter, who was the WR5 entering camp. And they have practice squad receivers.
If Allen misses any time then you could make the case that Justin Herbert has the worst receivers in the league, especially after the Chicago Bears added to their room by trading for Pittsburgh's Chase Claypool.
Los Angeles did not have to trade a second-round pick for someone like Claypool but getting someone to add depth to this receiver room would have been nice. Sure, the team can just push it off and hope to survive until Mike Williams gets healthy but that is the wrong mindset to have.
The Bolts are entering the most important stretch of the entire season and by the time Williams returns, they might not even be in playoff contention anymore.