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.
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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