Chargers Open To Trading For Wide Receiver

The Chargers are “actively scouting” the NFL and are open to dealing for wide receiver help, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. However, the club is unwilling to trade a first- or second-round pick, and an agreement appears unlikely.Mike McCoy

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San Diego was hit hard at the wide receiver position even before the season’s first week had come to a close. Keenan Allen, who agreed to a contract extension over the offseason, tore his ACL during Week 1 and is done for the year, while Stevie Johnson never played a snap after injuring his meniscus during the summer. Running back Danny Woodhead, meanwhile, had been a key factor in the Chargers’ passing attack, but also suffered a torn ACL in September.

The remaining options on the roster have stepped up in the absence of Allen, Johnson, and Woodhead, and second-year receiver Tyrell Williams has especially excelled thus far, posting 31 receptions and 526 yards through seven games. But as Acee notes, Williams has already played 12 times the snaps he saw during his rookie campaign, and is in danger of being overworked. Additionally, both he and fellow pass-catcher Travis Benjamin are battling knee injuries, while rookie tight end Hunter Henry recently suffered a concussion.

Even if the Chargers are willing to part with a mid-round pick, however, a deal is unlikely to come together, especially given that San Diego doesn’t have much cap space. With less than $2MM available, the Chargers wouldn’t be able to afford high-priced options such as Alshon Jeffery or Torrey Smith that could be available in advance of Tuesday’s trade deadline. Within his article, Acee tosses out the Jaguars’ Marqise Lee and the Panthers’ Corey Brown as potential targets, but those names appear speculative.

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14 comments on “Chargers Open To Trading For Wide Receiver

  1. bradthebluefish

    When defense is your weakness but you want to trade for receivers. SMH.

    • Thetruth

      Defense not exactly a weakness now. And where would you improve? – safety? Addae will be back. Cb? Flowers back. Verrett a top 5 can back next year. No one would be viable upgrade with mid round pick. Also, offense good because of rivers. Our wr are terrible

      • bleacherbum

        Exactly, the defense is actually really good.

  2. dwilson10

    I wonder if the Steelers would offer them Wheaton? He has lost his spot on the team with Coates playing as good as he is and Rogers as the slot receiver. And with Bryant coming back next year Wheaton will definitely lose his spot.

    • bleacherbum

      I’d be willing to give up a 6th or 7th for Wheaton. It would be an upgrade for sure.

      • Matt

        We need a big reciever if anything I wish they’d get a cb though

      • dwilson10

        The Steelers wouldn’t give him up for anything less than a 5th rounder and would probably want a 3rd or 4th. He’s capable of being a solid #2 receiver but just doesn’t have a spot in Pittsburgh

    • bleacherbum

      Kenny Stills was somebody I was thinking could make sense as well. Landry

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        • JT19

          Jarvis Landry would cost an early round pick or multiple picks. I imagine the Dolphins, if they even wanted to trade Landry, would ask for a 2nd or a 3rd plus another mid rounder (future or current year).

  3. We need to find a way to get Torrey Smith or Alston Jeffrey. Those are 2 deep threats our offense is lacking. Front office has to realize in order to make playoffs we need to have caliber players. If we have to give up a first or second round pick plus money do so. Anything to help out Rivers and Gordon on the offensive end. We have to risk it to get the biscuit!!!

    • redking

      They definitely cannot fit Jeffrey under the cap. Not sure about Smith.

      • John

        The big wrench is cap space that was mentioned. Torrey Smith may just want to move. The Niner’s season is pretty much over. Pretty much mirrors the Chargers last year. As for money he may work out something just to have a chance to play with a quality qb like Rivers. The chargers should not look at draft picks to give up. Their existence to stay here depends on them to keep winning.

  4. dave galvan

    Go get Josh Gordan and a corner from Cleveland.

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