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The San Diego Chargers have made another addition to their secondary. According to multiple media outlets, cornerback Casey Hayward is now the newest addition to the Bolts’ roster. The contract equates to three years at $15.3 million, including $6.8 million guaranteed. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers were also teams reported to have been in pursuit of Hayward.

Hayward, 26, was a second-round selection of the Green Bay Packers in 2012. Standing 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, he will compete with Brandon Flowers for the No. 2 cornerback position opposite Jason Verrett. In his rookie season, Hayward shined by finishing tied fifth in the league in interceptions with six.

Hamstring injuries derailed his sophomore campaign, costing Hayward all but three games in 2013. He has since bounced back and played in every game the last two seasons. During his time in the NFL, Hayward has 168 tackles, 35 passes defensed, nine interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one touchdown.

The Chargers have a strong top-three-cornerback rotation with this addition. The question now is what will happen with Patrick Robinson. Robinson is a free agent and had a strong 2015 season in San Diego so he’s bound to get offers from other teams. Retaining his services would ensure quality depth, but the price tag may be too high considering other holes that still need to be filled.

Keep in mind, cornerback Steve Williams had a very strong showing on the field in the last games of the season. If he can continue to build on his those games going into the ’16 season, it’s more reason the front office can justify letting Robinson take a deal elsewhere.

What do you think of the add? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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3 Responses to Chargers continue secondary rebuild with Hayward

  • OPBolt says:

    This seems to address three things:
    – makes DB younger, faster, more athletic, more talented
    – insures more quality depth to deal with injuries
    – provides a PUNT RETURNER, which hopefully will give us 10 yds per punt – or about 2-4 first down equivalents per game

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    saruman316 says:

    Don’t think this takes Ramsey out of the mix. Telesco loves versatility and Ramsey plays S and CB if needed. Buckner is the hands down pick if they go lineman. This definitely makes secondary better. More upside than Robinson. This signing lets the Chargers go BPA in the draft. Thanks for reading and for the comments!

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