The Los Angeles Chargers have been one of the more actives teams in NFL free agency. Yes, that is a real thing.
The Chargers paid star cornerback J.C. Jackson a ton of money, traded for Khalil Mack, re-signed Mike Williams, and brought in Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson so far. Make no mistake: The Chargers are being aggressive and want to take full advantage of Justin Herbert’s rookie deal.
But, after the Green Bay Packers traded away Davante Adams, Keenan Allen’s name popped up in trade rumors for some reason. Good Morning Football host Peter Schrager suggested that the Packers inquire about Allen, and if the Chargers are wise, they should hang up the phone immediately.
Peter Schrager mentioned Keenan Allen as a trade candidate following the Davante Adams blockbuster
Yes, the Packers need to find a wide receiver following Adams’ move to Las Vegas. That is what prompted this conversation and generated some more trade buzz.
Robert Woods was another name mentioned for the Packers, but he was traded to the Tennessee Titans shortly after. Odell Beckham Jr. remains unsigned, although he is set to miss a good portion of the season as he recovers from a devastating Super Bowl ACL injury.
The Packers’ options are limited now, and a trade might be tough to maneuver for one of the more prominent names. That is why Allen popped up, and the thought of Aaron Rodgers and Allen together is interesting — although it is merely a pipe dream for Green Bay fans.
Still, there is a minor argument to be made as to why the Chargers would even consider trading Allen, although it is an awful argument.
As Peter Bukowski mentions, the Chargers would save $16.5 million by trading Allen and they just inked Williams to a three-year, $60 million deal. That is the only reason the Chargers would ever consider moving Allen — to save cash.
Butowski also mentions that the Chargers are paying both WRs $20 million — which is another reason to consider a trade.
Sure, $20 million a year for both guys is tough, but the Chargers front office is going all-in to make a Super Bowl run, so at this point, they don’t seem worried about the financial implications.
Thus, they didn’t need to do this deal at all. Moreover, the Chargers shouldn’t even think about this for one second.
The Chargers need to immediately hang up the phone on any Keenan Allen trade calls
Why would the Chargers ever consider trading Allen? They wouldn’t. Or, at least, they shouldn’t.
The Chargers have spent hundreds of millions in free agency thus far to form a Super Bowl contender around Herbert.
Imagine this: The Chargers load up with talent on the roster and spend a record amount in free agency only to trade their No. 1 wide receiver. That would be confusing.
The Chargers bringing back Williams was a big-time move for the offense and now they have two wide receivers who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in 2021. Allen caught 106 balls for 1,138 yards with six touchdowns while Williams hauled in 76 passes for a team-high 1,146 yards with nine touchdowns (another team-leading mark).
A first-round pick to unload Allen’s contract simply isn’t worth it, and more and more mock drafts have LA selecting a WR at No. 17 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Packers definitely need to work the trade market for a wide receiver, but Schrager’s idea of a Keenan Allen trade is not the way to go for LA. General manager Tom Telesco shouldn’t hesitate to hang up right away.
The Chargers can worry about financials later on. Right now, they are focused on winning a Super Bowl and forming a star-studded team to compete in the AFC.
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