Chargers Free Agency

5 free agent wide receivers the Chargers could target even with Mike Williams

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1. Will Fuller V

Will Fuller's talent and upside have been clear as day since he was drafted in the first round by the Houston Texans. Signing Fuller is a very risky move, but the reward could very well be worth it. He possesses blazing speed, with a 4.32 40-yard dash. When healthy, he's a home run threat in every play and a touchdown machine.

The problem with Fuller is that in 6 seasons in the NFL, he's yet to play all 16 (now 17) games. His highest total dates all the way back to his rookie season in 2016, where he played 14 games. The 2017 season saw him score 7 touchdowns in 10 games, as he found an instant connection with a rookie Deshaun Watson.

2018 and 2019 were injury-plagued seasons, where he struggled to get on the field with multiple injuries, most notably a torn ACL in 2018. On a contract year in 2020, he put out the best season of his career and the first one where he didn't miss any games due to injury.

Through 11 games, Fuller had tallied 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns. However, he was suspended six games for violating the league's policy on PEDs. He signed a 1-year $10,650,000 contract with the Miami Dolphins for the 2021 season, and this time, injuries limited him to only two games.

He is hitting free agency for a second consecutive year, and it will be interesting to see what kind of teams will be interested in him. The Dolphins fired their head coach Brian Flores, so it's not yet clear if they want him back. Regardless of which teams show interest, a Chargers offer would be tempting for Fuller as he would get to play with one of the quarterbacks better-suited to make use of his talents.

PFF projects Fuller will get a 1-year $10 million contract, but the price could be lower considering Fuller spent most of the past season on Injured Reserve. A $10 million cap hit for Fuller could be a steal if he manages to play 14 games, but it could also doom the Chargers if they end up paying that for a player that won't take the field on Sundays. The upside might make it worth it, and this is the type of move that Championship teams often do.

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