The Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver group could look a little bit different in 2022 than it did in 2021. Mike Williams is entering free agency and as one of the top available players, he could find a deal that takes him away from the Chargers.
Williams is looking to cash in this year on free agency and has a great chance to do so. He had the best season of his five-year career in 2021, showcasing a more well-rounded game as he showed he was a lot more than just a deep-ball specialist.
The former Clemson product caught 76 passes for 1,146 yards, both of which were career-highs. He scored nine touchdowns as well as he is a legitimate deep threat and red zone target for whatever offense he lands in.
There may be a few flaws in Williams’ game, as he isn’t the most polished wide receiver out there. However, he has big-play potential every time the ball is in his hands and he uses his size to his full advantage.
Plenty of teams will line up to sign him in free agency. If the Chargers cannot convince him to stay, they will have to look elsewhere to find someone to line up opposite Keenan Allen. Could they go right to the top of the free-agent class to replace him?
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is also a free agent this offseason. He is far and away the No. 1 available player this offseason as a truly dominant No. 1 option in the passing game and arguably the best player at his position in the NFL.
The Packers could decide to place the franchise tag on him to ensure that they are compensated should he leave in free agency. Given the salary cap issues the Packers have, that is likely so that they can work out a long-term deal with him.
But, if Aaron Rodgers leaves, there is a good chance that Adams will push for the game. If that occurs, a trade could be in the works. How could the Chargers get in on this? Could the No. 17 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick this year get it done?
If the Packers are forced to move on from Rodgers, they are likely entering a bit of a rebuild. Stockpiling as many draft picks as possible would help them remake the roster with high-end talent on affordable contracts.
Los Angeles would be a great landing spot for Adams, as he and Allen would combine to be the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL. Going from catching passes from Rodgers to Justin Herbert would be a dream scenario should the Rodgers/Adams duo be broken up this offseason.