Back in 2017, the Chargers had kicker Younghoe Koo in their possession. He lasted just a handful of games before being cut for missing one too many kicks to begin his NFL career.
Fast-forward four seasons and Koo is now one of the best kickers in the entire league.
Funny how that seems to work out for this team, huh?
In a new piece by ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, the NFL analyst suggest 10 trades that he would execute prior to the trade deadline. One of those trades involves the Chargers and their former kicker now residing in Atlanta.
In this hypothetical trade, the Chargers would send former third-round offensive tackle Trey Pipkins and a fifth-round pick from this upcoming draft to get back Koo in return.
“Koo didn’t make it back into a starting role before 2019, but he has since gone 67-of-72 on field goals and 58-of-62 on extra points for the Falcons,” says Barnwell. “A free agent after this season, Atlanta might not be able to justify paying him like he’s one of the best kickers in football given their cap issues.”
I know what you’re all thinking: “What if Koo comes back to the Chargers and he proceeds to be bad again?”
Well...that’s probably the risk the Bolts will have to take. They have to do SOMETHING, right? There’s risk involved in anything. You might as well mitigate it by going after someone who has shown proven success in the current NFL.
“The biggest problem for the Chargers right now might be at kicker, where Tristan Vizcaino has missed five extra points in six games. Coach Brandon Staley might want to go for it all the time on fourth down, but can the Chargers really feel good about trying to make a deep playoff run with a kicker they don’t trust? They can afford to re-sign Koo, so a deal could make sense for both sides. Pipkins, who wasn’t able to win a starting job over the past two years, would be an option for the Falcons as they consider 2019 first-rounder Kaleb McGary’s future at right tackle.”
I think this whole thing is a major win-win for the Chargers. It can literally fix the team’s chronic kicker issue while also ridding the team of an offensive lineman who not only has failed to live up to expectations, but one who has recently done a lot more bad for the team than good in his limited snaps this year.
All of those in favor, say “Aye”.