Chargers decision with WR Mike Williams looms

The Chargers’ decision on wide receiver Mike Williams looms.

Williams heads into the offseason as one of the top unrestricted free agents pending, and Los Angeles has the chance to ensure he doesn’t go anywhere starting Tuesday.

The two-week window for tagging franchise players begins, meaning it would secure Williams a one-year contract and give both parties more time to possibly iron out a long-term extension should they decide to go with this. way.

The cost to tag Williams would be $19 million. LA is on course to have the third-highest cap space in the league, by Over The Cap.

If the Chargers don’t mark Williams, they could also negotiate a long-term deal when free agency opens on March 14. However, he would also be free to negotiate with any team at that time.

In a new role under Joe Lombardi, Williams is coming off arguably his most productive seasons yet, setting career highs with 76 receptions and 1,146 receiving yards. Additionally, he added nine touchdowns in 2021.

Williams made his case in the season finale against the Raiders as he dabbled in the clutch and made some big plays along the way, including catching a 12 touchdown pass yards as time expired to send the game into overtime.

The 27-year-old was inconsistent midway through the season, dealt with missed passes and may still spark injury problems, but guarding Williams is vital for continuity between him and Justin Herbert, and his big-play ability does not don’t come. often with other players at the position.

Christy J. Olson