5 Chargers Playing Their Last Game With the Team on Sunday

Five of the most likely Los Angeles Chargers who are playing their last game for the team in Week 18.
Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30)
Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Khalil Mack

The salary cap will be a huge topic of discussion throughout the Chargers' offseason as they look to shed money. That puts several big-name veterans on this roster on the chopping block, including linebacker Khalil Mack.

Unlike Ekeler, parting with Mack wouldn't be because of performance. After all, the star EDGE is a Defensive Player of the Year contender once again in 2023 after notching 16.0 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles.

That kind of production gives him incredible value at one of the game's premium positions -- which the Chargers could take advantage of.

All signs point to Los Angeles hitting the reset button in 2024 with a new head coach and GM taking over. The need to shed salary will undoubtedly affect the team's veterans as well, resulting in a partial (or all-out) youth movement.

Given the time it might take to rebuild the Chargers into a contender, it's wise to consider dealing Mack. He'll turn 33 years old this offseason, so he likely won't fit into this squad's long-term plans.

He still has legit present appeal, though, making it better to move on now than stall, especially since a decline in play would significantly lower his attractiveness at this stage in his career.

3. Nick Vannett

Nick Vannett, meanwhile, has been one of the Chargers' least productive players during the 2023 season.

The backup tight end has appeared in seven contests, but he's failed to record a single catch. The veteran's also played a higher percentage of LA's special teams snaps (28%) than the offensive ones (21%).

The once-dubbed "Baby Gronk" has seen his production decline tremendously in his eighth season. There's simply nothing he's done this year to warrant bring Vannett back.