As cuts approach, many teams are looking to deal WR depth. One notable: #Chargers have had trade talks about Dontrelle Inman, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2017
This is somewhat surprising news. Inman has been an important contributor on offense the past two seasons, but with young receivers waiting in the wings, the Chargers are looking to capitalize on his peak value.
After his stint in the Canadian Football League, Inman joined the Chargers in 2014 and has improved in every season as a Charger. As the injuries took their toll in 2016, Inman managed to find himself as Philip Rivers’ go-to target.
Inman finished the year with four touchdowns and 810 yards, which was the second highest total for the Bolts.
In regards to what the Chargers would get in return for Inman is hard to predict at this point. The Chargers could receive a middle to late round draft pick for him or include him as part of a larger package.
The 28-year-old signed his restricted free agent tender back in April and has a very team friendly contract. It will be hard for teams to find a player who produced like Inman did for only $3 million.
It appears that the Chargers are comfortable without Inman in their receiving corps. With Keenan Allen healthy and Tyrell Williams bound for even bigger things in 2017, Inman may receive only a handful of targets.
Assuming Mike Williams is back healthy, Inman may be regarded as a luxury that the Chargers can afford to move on from. Especially if they are fond of a younger receiver on the roster. Geremy Davis and Jamaal Jones have made headlines during training camp.