Chargers Trade Rumors: Desmond King Targeted by Multiple Teams Before Deadline

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2020

Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Desmond King II (20) returns a punt during an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, Calif. The Chargers defeated the Jaguars 39-29. (John Cordes/AP Images for Panini)
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The Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly shopping cornerback Desmond King ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported "multiple teams" have reached out to the Chargers about a potential deal.

King made the All-Pro team as a cornerback and return specialist in 2018 but has not been able to replicate that magic since. He's recorded 24 tackles and one sack without an interception through the first eight weeks of the 2020 season, earning a solid but unspectacular grade of 74.0 from Pro Football Focus.

Earlier this season, King complained about his lack of playing time on social media.

"Is there a reason I'm not on the field?" King tweeted. "Some people want to know. I'll continue to do my job but I'm going to need answers real soon."

King moved into the slot cornerback role with Chris Harris Jr. out of the lineup, but he still does not seem to be part of the team's long-term plans.

With this being the final year of King's rookie contract, it would be smart for the Chargers to consider trading him—provided they can get better compensation now than whatever compensatory selection they would receive if he leaves in free agency.

If a team's willing to give up a solid mid-round pick, King could easily be on the move by Tuesday afternoon.