The Los Angeles Chargers have moved on from Desmond King III.
King was acquired by the Tennessee Titans for a 6th round draft pick in the 2021 draft. King was a very efficient slot corner for the Bolts and his presence will clearly be missed, especially with the injury-riddled defensive backfield for the Chargers.
On the contrary, with Adoree Jackson and Kristian Fulton being down for the Titans, King should see immediate significant playing time at the nickel back position.
Anthony Lynn had this to say regarding the trade on Monday.
“Sometimes guys just need a fresh start and we wish him all the best.”
King made the All-Pro first team at nickel corner in 2018 and was the second-team punt returner as well. His playtime decreased this year following the signing of veteran Chris Harris Jr, even with Harris suffering an injury early on, King was still not seeing the field as much.
King was a healthy scratch on Sunday against Denver as well.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel added:
“He’s a player that we felt like could help us, come in and play DB. He has been disruptive. He’s an effective blitzer and has done some things.”
In reality, this may have been the best offer the Chargers could get. In regards to Kings’ talent, which he has obviously shown, clearly, it doesn’t equal a 6th round pick. But teams were aware that the Chargers have essentially nailed down their contract decisions. They retained Joey Bosa and Keenan Allen on big deals.
Additionally, Hunter Henry is on a franchise tag, along with the Chargers vouching to retain Melvin Ingram. Mike Williams’ contract is also approaching. This leaves no room for King, with the depth the Bolts have at the corner.
It is evident the Chargers chose to at least get something out of him now rather than letting him walk in the off-season for nothing.
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