3 Former Chargers Who Will Fail Miserably With Their New Teams After Free Agency

The Los Angeles Chargers had several key contributors leave in free agency. Some of them might fare worse than others on their new teams.

Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
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Michael Davis, Washington Commanders

Despite having elite frontline talent on the defensive end, the Chargers were one of the worst defenses in the NFL last year. One of the main reasons for that was their miserable backfield defense.

The main proponent of their defensive downfall was the decline of veteran cornerback Michael Davis. The 29-year-old had the worst season of his career, allowing 801 yards and 65.2% completion when targeted and a 119.2 passer rating to quarterbacks.

Those disastrous numbers might be an outlier, but it's hard to see any non-elite cornerback have a bounce-back season as they near 30.

Moreover, Davis is also headed to the Commanders, the team that had the worst defense last season, both in terms of yards and points. It's not like he is going to be surrounded by high-level talent that can make up for his limitations.

Davis is reuniting with Tom Dontaell, Washington's defensive backs coach with whom he worked in Los Angeles prior. This could help him get back to his old form, but relying on Davis at this stage of his career, especially when the rest of your cornerback rotation is unproven, is a big gamble.