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Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Should Bolts Trade for Earl Thomas?

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Chargers’ Derwin James on roster: ‘Got a lot of dogs around me’ - Will Reeve
“Got a lot of dogs around me. So, it’s gonna be fun this season . . . We got a chip on our shoulder. And I feel like from the d-line to the secondary to the offense to the special teams, I feel like we got a certain swag about us . . . We’re excited this year,” James said on NFL Network Tuesday.

Cornerback Spotlight - top five in PFF signature statistics - Austin Gayle
Hayward could do no wrong this past season, as he allowed very few completions into his coverage and recorded four interceptions – all while covering the opposition’s top receiving target on a weekly basis. In his most dominant stretch of games (Weeks 6-12), Hayward allowed a catch rate of just 29.2 percent (7-of-24) and a 1.6 passer rating when targeted.

Examining the value of receiver and coverage positions in today's NFL - Eric Eager & George Chahrouri
We would argue that this means to throw more resources at the problem (i.e. the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted two cornerbacks in the top three rounds and acquired two veterans before the season) and play the best players that emerge from the scrum. We are seeing this happening this offseason as well (e.g. the Chargers), and time will tell they can leverage this into fulfilling their lofty expectations as a team.

The Chargers 1-2 punch at CB great defending long-developing passes - Jarad Evans
Casey Hayward leads the group as PFF’s reigning top-graded cornerback, finishing with a 96.4 overall grade and 96.7 coverage grade. Trevor Williams bookends Hayward on the outside as the second-year player sneakily graded as PFF’s 10th-best cornerback last season with an 88.5 overall grade and 88.2 coverage grade. While he was largely aided by the fact that Hayward often shadows opposing team’s No. 1 receiver, Hayward and Williams were the only pair of teammates to each rank among PFF’s top 10 cornerbacks.

Three trade (and extension) offers for Earl Thomas: Teams he could join -
The Chargers have about $9 million in salary-cap space in 2018, according to the ESPN Roster Management System, so they would have to get creative in order to bring Thomas into the fold. The Bolts could restructure the contracts of quarterback Philip Rivers (scheduled to make $15 million in 2018) or receiver Travis Benjamin (scheduled to make $5.75 million in 2018) to create some cap space.

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