The LA Chargers are dealing with a litany of injuries right now that has decreased the star power of the roster, Rashawn Slater is going to miss the rest of the season while Joey Bosa is likely going to miss a big chunk of time as well.
While he is not a star like the other two players, Jalen Guyton also will not see the field again in 2022. Guyton suffered a torn ACL in Week 3's loss and as a result, the Chargers will be without their no. 1 speed threat for the rest of the season.
To instantly cushion the blow, the Chargers signed John Hightower to the practice squad and elevated Jason Moore to the active roster. Moore's place on the roster might not last that long, though, as Hightower could replace him if he practices well now that he is in the team facility.
Hightower is far from a sure thing though and if that does not work out, and the rest of the wide receiver room continues to underwhelm like it has been this season, the Chargers may instead explore free agency or even a trade. If trading for a receiver is the route the team wants to take, then there is someone from Joe Lombardi's former team that could interest LA.
Marquez Callaway could be a Chargers trade target if things do not go well at receiver
Marquez Callaway is in an interesting position on the New Orleans Saints as the team brought in a lot of receiver help in the offseason, pushing him down the depth chart. Despite being the team's WR1 last season, Callaway finds himself as the WR4 with the return of Michael Thomas as well as the additions of Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave.
Callaway certainly could be a tradeable asset for the Saints, especially if they lose games before the deadline and are not in a position to contend. If that is the case, the team should get anything it can for assets that are expendable, especially considering New Orleans doesn't have a first-round pick in next year's draft.
The Chargers are obviously not sending anything close to a first-round pick, but they could send something along the lines of a fifth or sixth-round pick for Callaway. Callaway is young and is a restricted free agent next offseason, so the Chargers could keep him in the fold for relatively cheap.
New Orleans is in such a crunch financially that they probably can't bring Callaway back regardless, which is why trading him if the team starts to falter this season makes more sense than just keeping him around.
While Callaway is not a blazing fast receiver like Guyton, he is a great deep-ball threat that could run a similar route tree as Guyton. He is much better at making contested catches than Guyton is, which would add a new wrinkle to the offense.
Again, this would only happen if the receiver room continues to disappoint as the year goes along. If that happens the offense is going to need a shot in the arm and trading for Callaway could be a very cheap way of providing just that.