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Is there a chance the Chargers trade Denzel Perryman?

The former second-round pick may be on his way out.

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The folks over at Bleacher Report have constantly been updating a handful of evergreen articles over the past few months regarding their NFL coverage. Some of them have focused on teams’ biggest priority signings, their weakest position groups, and potential breakout stars.

In their most recent revision, author Kristopher Knox listed his current players from each franchise that he believes has the highest chance of getting traded in the near future. For the Chargers, that player is linebacker Denzel Perryman.

“In 2015, the Los Angeles Chargers used a second-round pick on Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman. However, he has yet to emerge as a reliable three-down linebacker and has struggled to stay on the field, missing 18 games over the last three seasons,” says Knox.

Perryman did have a solid 2019 campaign, racking up 68 tackles and an interception. However, he was primarily used as an early-down linebacker and could be replaced by rookie first-round pick Kenneth Murray, who has more of a three-down skill set.”

Perryman is likely to see his starting job lost this season, either by second-year standout Drue Tranquill or rookie Kenneth Murray Jr. Unfortunately, the Chargers aren’t likely to cut him this season as they’d have to eat $6.5 million of his $7.5 million 2020 cap hit.

I’m not entirely sure they could get much for him in return outside of a seventh-round conditional pick, but anything is better than nothing for a linebacker who has struggled for years to stay on the field consistently.