The NFL trade deadline is less than two weeks away and as teams separate themselves between the pretenders and contenders there are a lot of NFL rumors that are emerging. The Chargers are a team that very much wants to be a contender and could capitalize on one or two of these rumors as a result.
There are several areas that the Chargers could address with a potential trade with wide receiver being one of them. On paper, the Chargers are still okay at wide receiver, especially with Jalen Guyton's return being around the corner.
However, the Bolts are relying on a rookie who doesn't seem ready, a fourth-rounder who is a gadget-play player and a guy coming off a torn ACL as the only three options to be the WR3. If Joshua Palmer or Keenan Allen get hurt this WR room is in serious trouble. Adding a sixth WR to the mix would be best for everyone involved.
The Chargers shouldn't trade for any wide receiver, though, as the fit has to make sense. Luckily for the Bolts, a wide receiver who makes great sense for the team is now officially on the market as Terrace Marshall has reportedly received permission from the Carolina Panthers to seek out a trade.
NFL Rumors: Terrace Marshall is officially on the market and makes great sense for the Chargers
Terrace Marshall was someone who we named as a potential trade target to keep an eye on in light of Johnston's struggles and that was before he was officially on the block. Heck, Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus even named a Marshall-Chargers trade as one of 10 trades that he wanted to see before the deadline passed.
That is because Marshall makes a lot of sense for the Chargers. The former second-round pick has not been utilized well with the Panthers but also hasn't had a quarterback like Justin Herbert throwing him the football.
From an athletic standpoint, Marshall is exactly what the Chargers value. Tom Telesco has historically valued receivers over six feet (Marshall is six-two) who score well at the combine. Marshall certainly scored well and would add a new wrinkle of athleticism to the offense.
Additionally, Marshall would be more than just a half-season rental. The former LSU receiver is still on his rookie contract, which runs through the 2024 season. This would give the Chargers added depth next season. Guyton is a free agent and the team is likely going to cut Mike Williams as a cap casualty this upcoming offseason.
There are not very many trade targets that could provide an instant jolt right away while also providing depth in the future. The 23-year-old Panther certainly provides that and is worth the flier.