5 Chargers Free Agents Most Likely to Walk This Offseason

Five Los Angeles Chargers players most likely to leave the team in free agency.

Oct 29, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (9)
Oct 29, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (9) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Kenneth Murray

Kenneth Murray is one player on the chopping block as a once-prized piece of a previous regime. Considering he's failed to live up to his former first-round pick hype, the Chargers are likely happy to let him play somewhere else next season.

Yet Murray has his own reasons to not pursue another deal in LA as well.

He is coming off of a career year (by his standards) in 2023, logging personal bests in sacks (3.0) and passes defended (4) while adding 107 combined tackles, seven TFL and one interception.

That positive step forward is one factor that will boost his free agent resume. The fact he also played for three different head coaches (including one interim) in four years shouldn't be held against him, as that likely stunted the young linebacker's development.

At just 25 years old and boasting first-round pedigree, there's surely several playoff teams around the league who'd love to take a cheap flyer on the Oklahoma product. There's a chance he takes off in a more stable environment, so a one-year prove-it deal could end up paying off massively for Murray in 2025.

3. Jaylinn Hawkins

Jaylinn Hawkins, meanwhile, will probably seek greener pastures after his brief stint as a Charger didn't work out for either side.

Hawkins was acquired via waivers after being cut by the Atlanta Falcons, who moved on from the fourth-round pick following a sluggish start to the 2023 campaign. Unfortunately, the Cal product never got going in LA, either.

Over 10 games for the Bolts, the safety posted just one pass defended and 11 total tackles.

Hawkins saw a significant reduction in playing time after coming over from Atlanta, as he played in just 11% of the team's defensive snaps. That pales in comparison to the 92% he recorded in 2022 for the Falcons.

Hawkins has little reason to be interested in a Chargers return, and the same could be said for the team.