In what many dubbed as the most aggressive offseason in franchise history, there was one decision that the LA Chargers made in 2021 that didn't make a lot of sense. The team let Kyzir White walk in free agency, and for an extremely cheap price at that.
White signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Days later the Chargers signed Troy Reeder to a one-year, $1.075 million contract. A difference of less than $2 million is what kept White — who was coming off of a careeer season — from returning to the Chargers.
Now White is on the biggest stage possible as his Eagles will square off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Reeder played a grand total of 62 defensive snaps, which was 6% of the total defensive snaps for the Chargers in 2022.
Making matters worse is how White felt about the situation. White recently revealed on Super Bowl media day that he never intended to leave the Chargers. He wanted to spend his entire career in Los Angeles. But it simply was not meant to be (h/t Jeff Miller, L.A. Times).
"I was mad because I wanted to come back. I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I wanted to finish my career there, be there for 10-plus years."
Ouch. White added that he can't really be mad now because he is "on the biggest stage" but it still hurts to hear that the Chargers really fumbled the bag with this one.
Kyzir White's comments are heartbreaking for Chargers fans.
Prior to White revealing that he wanted to return to LA and spend his entire career with the team that drafted him, fans could have at least given the team some benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they offered the same deal to White, who wanted to pursue other opportunities. At least then the Chargers could say they tried.
Nope. They let one of their best defensive players from the 2021 season walk away for an extremely cheap price. And what do you know, White has turned in a great season with the Philadelphia Eagles as part of one of the best defenses in football.
This did give a chance to Drue Tranquill to blossom and have a career year of his own but the Chargers could have had the best of both worlds. Instead of force-feeding snaps to a struggling Kenneth Murray, the Chargers could have had both White and a blossomed Tranquill on the field at the same time. Imagine that linebacker pairing.
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Now Tranquill enters the exact same situation as White. He is coming off of a career year and is due for a payday. Fans have to hope that they learned from the Kyzir White situation and will give Tranquill what he deserves.