Chargers Rumors: 3 Trades to benefit Justin Herbert

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Trade No. 1: Leonard Fournette for a late-round pick

Prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars attempted to trade 2-time 1,000-yard rusher Leonard Fournette. The running back doesn’t exactly want to be around Jacksonville anymore, but the team couldn’t even fetch a late-round pick for him, according to multiple reports.

Why would the Chargers trade for another running back, when they already have what looks to be three formidable, capable backs?

Just, for a moment, look at one of the Chargers’ divisional rivals, the Denver Broncos. This offseason, they could have stood pat with Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman as their one-two punch. But, they went out and signed Melvin Gordon. Some questioned why.

If their offseason is any indication of the answer to that question, it was to add even more talent around a young quarterback like Drew Lock. With this deal, the Chargers have a chance to do the exact same thing.

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And, here’s the kicker: There’s very little risk involved. Fournette is a free agent next year, and the Chargers could move on with Ekeler and Joshua Kelley as their primary two guys, with some Justin Jackson mixed in.

But, adding talent around a rookie quarterback is never a bad idea. Let’s get this kid’s confidence up there early on (once he’s taken the field as the starter of course) and allow him to have weapons at his disposal. That’s how you win football games with young quarterbacks.