3 Players the San Diego Chargers Should Target Before the Trade Deadline

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2012

October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner disagrees with a call made during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
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The San Diego Chargers need help all around the field, and a midseason trade could spark a run into the playoffs. After the meltdown against the Broncos, San Diego is already being picked as a team that won't make the playoffs. The fact of the matter is the Chargers are 3-3, the same as the Broncos. There are still 10 games left, and San Diego will face Denver once again.

Jake Long, LT, Miami Dolphins.

The Miami Dolphins are in the rebuilding stage. Long is the top left tackle in the NFL, and that may be the Chargers' biggest area that needs improvement. The Dolphins are unsure of what to do with Jake Long. His contract ends this season, so he'll likely go elsewhere this coming offseason. That leaves the possibility of a trade. With Jared Gaither constantly getting injured and Mike Harris' inexperience, Jake Long to the Chargers would make perfect sense.

Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers.

San Diego needs to buy low with Greg Jennings. His 2012 season so far has been one to forget. He's battling a groin injury that has kept him on the sideline for multiple games this year. The Packers may be getting restless with Jennings, especially since he's an upcoming free agent at the end of the season. Wide receivers have been under-performing for the Chargers in 2012, with the exception of Malcom Floyd. Vincent Brown will make a difference when he returns, but Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal need to step it up. Depending on what the Packers would ask for Jennings, San Diego should make a sensible offer.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Pro Football Talk, Dwayne Bowe wants out of Kansas City "very badly".

Dwayne Bowe is an elite wide receiver in the NFL. He's a threat anywhere on the field and is still producing with quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. Imagine what he could do with Philip Rivers. Bowe has 427 yards and three touchdowns this season, but is tired of playing for a losing team. The rumors right now have Bowe going to the Dolphins or Bills. Not really sure that's much of an improvement. Because Robert Meachem is playing below average at wide receiver opposite of Malcom Floyd, Dwayne Bowe is a legitimate option.