While the LA Chargers have gone about their business in signing Eric Kendricks and re-signing Trey Pipkins and Easton Stick, Aaron Rodgers has held the New York Jets (and the NFL) hostage with the decision around his future.
All signs seem to be pointing toward Rodgers going to the Big Apple but in classic Rodgers fashion, the entire situation has dragged along longer than expected. It is clear that Rodgers has a big influence on what the Jets are doing, though, as the team is pursuing his former Green Bay teammates. On Tuesday, they signed wide receiver Allen Lazard to a four-year, $44 million deal.
The added body in the receiver room could prompt the Jets to move on from an existing wide receiver in order to make cap space room. Corey Davis, who is in the last year of his contract, is now a prime salary-cap casualty for New York.
If the Jets do indeed go ahead and cut Davis then the Chargers could end up benefitting by adding another serviceable receiver to the offense.
NFL Rumors: Corey Davis would be a great Chargers free-agent target if cut by Jets.
Corey Davis might not be the same receiver that he was with the Titans and might not be worth the contract that the Jets gave him. That does not matter. The Chargers would not be brining him in to be the WR1 on offense. He would be a depth piece.
As it stands right now, the Chargers have three NFL-worthy receivers on the roster: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer. Los Angeles is going to have to start building out the rest of that room, especially seeing how decimated it was by injuries last season.
Adding Davis could be a valuable piece to a larger puzzle. He alone is not enough as the Chargers still need to draft a speed threat early in the 2023 NFL Draft. But as a one-year depth option with veteran experience that can still produce, Davis would be solid.
If Davis is asking for a sizeable contract on the free-agent market then it does not make sense. However, chances are his market value is only a one-year deal worth $3-4 million. That is more than doable for the Chargers and it would be better to go that route than try to sign some unproven cheaper option to be the WR4.
Injuries are naturally going to happen in the NFL and having someone with that kind of experience that has proven he can be a difference maker it huge. There is a reason why the Kansas City Chiefs loaded up on receives just like Davis. It is the smart thing to do.