The LA Chargers' season ended much sooner than any fan was hoping for as the Chargers ultimately fell short to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 18 to miss the playoffs. AFC playoff teams all took a deep breath after this outcome as the Chargers (as well as the Colts) were the two wild-card teams that nobody wanted to play.
Instead, NFL fans get to see the Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers, two teams with a combined point differential of -120 points! How fun!
The Chargers now turn their attention to the offseason in what is one of the most important offseasons in team history. With Justin Herbert on his rookie deal and the second-most money to spend in free agency, the Chargers really need to hit a home run not only in free agency but in the 2022 NFL Draft as well.
Having an A+ offseason could really be the difference between the team capitalizing on the Super Bowl window of Herbert's rookie deal and falling short. While they can obviously win the Super Bowl later in Herbert's career, the best time to do so is when you are paying him a rookie salary.
Some LA Chargers from 2021 won't be back and probably won't be in the NFL at all
We already broke down the five players on the LA Chargers that should not return to the team in 2022. Some of those players will find a new team next season, but not all. Some of those players should probably end up retiring after the 2021 season that they had.
Whether it is by personal choice or because the rest of the league does not want to sign them, here are 3 LA Chargers that should probably hang it up after the 2021 season.