The LA Chargers made quick work of the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football but it was not all positive for the team. Wide receiver Joshua Palmer, who was a game-time decision with a knee injury, appeared to suffer a serious re-aggravation of said injury in the first quarter.
Thankfully, the injury was not as serious as it looked as Palmer did come back into the game for a very brief time. However, the knee injury is still a lingering issue, especially considering the status of the Bolts' wide receiver room.
The Chargers are already dealing with life without Mike Williams. If Palmer's injury is serious, the team's wide receiver room would consist of a 31-year-old Keenan Allen, two unproven rookies from TCU and a speedster who is coming off a torn ACL and still has not played in 2023.
With the trade deadline on Halloween, it might be time for the Chargers to add more receiving help to the offense. The Palmer injury should have been an eye-opener. Thankfully, there is a new seller on the market that has a wide receiver that could fit nicely in Los Angeles.
Chargers should call the New York Giants to inquire about Parris Campbell
The Giants established that they are firmly sellers at the deadline as the team traded Leonard Williams to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. It is hard to blame the 2-6 Giants for entering sell mode, especially considering the team was down to its third-string quarterback in Week 8.
If New York is in fire-sale mode then it makes all the sense in the world to trade away Campbell. Campbell has not factored into the Giants' plans at all this season and he is not a long-term piece for the team. The former Indianapolis Colts wide out signed a cheap one-year deal last offseason, giving the Giants an incentive to trade him while making it easier for the Chargers to acquire him.
While Campbell has not had the best season statistically, he does still offer something to this Chargers offense. The former second-round pick did put together a solid season in 2022 with the Colts and has never played with a quarterback who comes close to being capable of what Justin Herbert is capable of.
In a recent episode of the Guilty as Charged podcast, guest (and friend of Bolt Beat) Arjun Menon outlined why Campbell makes sense for the Chargers in particular:
The cost for Campbell would be minuscule. The Chargers would likely be able to acquire him for a future late-round pick swap, sending a future sixth-round pick to the Giants in exchange for New York's seventh-round pick in that same draft.
Campbell may not be producing and there is no guarantee that he is a home run but if Palmer misses time then this Chargers offense is going to be in trouble. Adding some established depth, like Campbell, is a way to at least try and remedy that issue.