Los Angeles Chargers Taking Trade Calls On Keenan Allen, Mike Williams As Deadline Looms

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Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports the Los Angeles Chargers have “had exploratory trade talks” on Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Breer says that Allen is the least likely to be traded, but the team is open to listening to offers on both receivers, as well as, Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa.

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As Breer also notes these discussions are primarily related to the team’s cap situation, as the Chargers are roughly $21.1 million over the cap per Over The Cap and will have to be under the cap before the new year league starts at 1 pm PST on Wednesday, March 14th. Allen’s current cap hit is $37.7 million and the team would save $23.1 million, putting them in the black with that move alone. Moving on from Williams would save them $20 million.

Williams suffered an ACL tear in Week 3 of 2023 and missed the remainder of the season. He plans to be back in time for training camp

Allen was one of the few bright spots for the Chargers last season until his season was cut short by a heel injury. He totaled a career-high 108 receptions for 1,243 yards and seven touchdowns. Allen was on track to set a new career-high in receiving yards. and the fact he’s on an expiring contract, the veteran receiver could be acquired by a contender for a reasonable price.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers Minicamp
Jun 15, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Chargers receivers Mike Williams (81) and Allen (13) during minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports