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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4. Austin Johnson / 5. Nick Williams

Given their statuses as journeyman vets over (or about to turn) 30 years old, defensive tackles Austin Johnson and Nick Williams are good bets to want a change of scenery as well this offseason.

Johnson is coming off of a 2023 campaign that saw him start all 17 games for the Chargers. His results left a bit to be desired, however, with zero sacks, only two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

The former second-round pick has bounced around the league since 2016, spending time in New York and Tennessee before this. Considering a youth movement could be underway in LA, he simply isn't a great fit for a new regime. And taking his production (or lack thereof), he's not the kind of veteran a new regime will make a priority to re-sign.

The same could be said for fellow DT Nick Williams. He played a supporting role for the Chargers during his age-33 season, and while his numbers (1 sack, 7 TFL) were better than Johnson's, he's also now turned 34.

Williams isn't one to stick around any place for too long, either, as he's suited up for four teams since the 2020 campaign.

Maybe he's open to a return a depth option, but the time is ticking on the former 2013 draft pick's career. He may very well prefer to see which contender will give him a chance to help win a Super Bowl ring before he calls it quits.

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