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3 trades the Chargers will regret not making at the trade deadline

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3. The Chargers will regret not trading for Jacob Martin

The Denver Broncos made a blockbuster trade at the deadline as they sent Bradley Chubb to the Miami Dolphins for a package that was headlined by a 2023 first-round pick. Denver was not done, though, as they quickly traded for Chubb's replacement in New York's Jacob Martin.

Martin will end up being a rotational edge rusher in the grand scheme of things but he provides a nice option for the team while Baron Browning gets healthy. This is a savvy move by Denver to replace the production lost in the short term while also deepening the room in the long term.

That is something that would have benefitted the Chargers greatly as they desperately need help right now with Joey Bosa and Chris Rumph out of action. And even once those players returned, Martin would have been a solid, young rotational piece that made the room better as a whole.

The 26-year-old is under contract for two more years with relatively small cap hits and outs in his contract that would have provided the Chargers a way to get out of his contract if they needed to. His cap hit next season is $5 million but releasing him before camp would only carry a $1 million dead cap hit. He has a $3.5 million cap hit the following year that is not guaranteed.

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The Broncos traded a fourth-round pick for Martin but got a fifth-round pick in return. With how much of a toss-up the middle rounds are (and the fact that Tom Telesco reaches for prospects anyway), moving back from a fourth-round pick to a fifth-round pick is such a cheap cost for someone who could have benefitted LA greatly.

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