3 Chargers on the Trade Block After the NFL Draft

The 2024 NFL Draft just took place and these three Chargers are now on the trade block.
Jan 20, 2024; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Denzel Perryman (6) looks on before a
Jan 20, 2024; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Denzel Perryman (6) looks on before a / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Denzel Perryman, LB

The Chargers added some veterans in free agency and one of them was LB Denzel Perryman, who signed with the team on a one-year, $2.3 million deal.

Los Angeles let Kenneth Murray walk in free agency and brought in Perryman to hold down the fort but that could change quickly.

Jim Harbaugh was the head coach of the University of Michigan team that won the National Championship last season. It was a lock that he was going to draft some players from his former team and did exactly that in the third round.

At No. 69 overall, the Chargers picked LB Junior Colson and he'll step into a major role as a rookie.

That leaves Perryman disposable for a potential trade. Teams around the NFL love adding veterans after the NFL Draft and the Chargers could look to move on from Perryman prior to the start of the year.

Injuries are bound to happen and a team could be in the market for a cheap, veteran LB. Perryman racked up 76 total tackles in six games with the Houston Texans in 2023, showcasing he can still be effective in a certain role.

Los Angeles is looking to go younger and get their rookies plenty of snaps in 2024.

3. Deane Leonard, CB

The Chargers have completely changed their secondary going into the 2024 season. The only mainstay is Asante Samuel Jr.

Los Angeles ended up selecting two cornerbacks in the fifth round with Tarheeb Still and Cam Hart.

Both of these players have traits that can help them develop into quality players. They have the skillset to provide an impact on special teams while being nice depth options.

CB Deane Leonard started three games for the Chargers last year, logging 22 solo tackles and three pass deflections. In 2023, he allowed a 93.6 passer rating with 9.8 yards per reception.

With Leonard not sticking out last season, the Chargers may look to use his roster spot for one of the players they picked in the draft.

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