Chargers Trade Desmond King To Titans

The Chargers have agreed to send Desmond King to the Titans, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Los Angeles is getting a sixth-round pick back in exchange for the cornerback/return specialist. 

King, 26 in December, was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Now, we know that the Bolts were safeguarding against injury in order to trade him before the deadline. There was speculation that the Cardinals would trade for him, giving them a potential Patrick Peterson replacement for 2021. Instead, the Titans have emerged with the former All-Pro returner.

A fifth-round pick in 2017, King broke out in 2018 with 62 tackles, three interceptions, a defensive TD, and ten passes defensed. So far this year, he hasn’t made the same kind of impact. At 2-5, the Chargers have opted to move on from him and recoup some value for ’21 and beyond.

Los Angeles has a ton of talent in their secondary, which made King more expendable. The Iowa product grew unhappy with his decreased role, and was vocal about it on social media.

It’s a nice low-risk move for the Titans as well, as they desperately needed help in their secondary. Young cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson and Kristian Fulton are both hurt and unavailable at the moment, and Mike Vrabel’s defense has been getting torched.

They’re currently giving up the sixth-most passing yards per game, although that’s not all on the secondary as they’ve been unable to get much of a pass-rush going either. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Titans made another move on defense before tomorrow’s deadline, either for an edge rusher or another cornerback.

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14 comments on “Chargers Trade Desmond King To Titans

  1. GoLandCrabs

    A 6th round pick is a pathetic return. You are better off keeping him than taking that.

    • smshap

      How about Sending Jurrell Casey to Denver for a 7th? He’s now hurt but was the heart of the Titans D for years.
      And look at the line now!!!!

    • MileHighFan

      I always wonder why teams don’t ask for a current player in addition to any pick(s). Every team normally has at least one position where they can spare some talent.

  2. Chris

    What in the hell happened between my Bolts and Desmond King the last year and half?

    • Ak185

      They signed Chris Harris to play him in the slot. Harris used to be elite outside and in, but his signing pushed King out of that spot. King’s role was reduced significantly, as that’s the area where he was elite.

      Even though Harris got hurt, schematically the change must have impacted either King’s confidence in the team or the team’s vision of where they wanted to play him. Early on they speculated that he may end up playing a lot of safety. Apparently that is not the case.

    • Ak185

      Agreed. Excellent work to grab an elite inside corner. Great fit, at least on paper-we’ll see if it works on the field, where it really counts. But certainly a good move to try.

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