Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams finally had his breakout year in 2021. Williams finally lived up to the potential that made him the No. 7 overall pick in 2017, and he managed to play in 16 games for the second time in his career.
Williams' performance will make him one of the most attractive free-agent WRs on the market. Here's three likely destinations for the rising pass-catcher this offseason.
Mike Williams Free Agency
3. Las Vegas Raiders
The Chargers would likely do whatever they can to make sure Williams doesn't end up with a division rival, but the Las Vegas Raiders make a lot of sense as a landing spot. Las Vegas could have top-10 cap space available this offseason to make a splash, and their receiving corps is a key area that needs improvement. Hunter Renfrow has emerged as one of the top pass-catchers in the league, but Derek Carr would benefit from having a talented deep threat like Williams at his disposal. Williams has averaged a whopping 16.1 yards per reception over his first five seasons, so he's fully capable of stretching the field to open things up for Renfrow and Darren Waller. The arrival of Williams would solidify this offense as one of the best in football.
2. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears could have a ton of money at their disposal this offseason, and inking a top receiver should be a primary focus. Chicago's receiving weapons outside of breakout player Darnell Mooney were lackluster this past season, which led to this unit posting the third-worst passing yards per game mark (188.6) in the league. Franchise QB Justin Fields needs legitimate weapons if he's to fully realize this potential. Williams is likely only starting to reach his peak, and at 27 years old he perfectly fits Fields' timeline. A pairing of Williams and Mooney would instantly improve the Bears' offense in 2022.
1. Los Angeles Chargers
LA, though, is better equipped than almost anyone to sign Williams this offseason. The Chargers are projected to have the second-most cap space in the league, and they have few big-time free agents to re-sign, meaning they can outbid for Williams' services if they want him back. It's easy to see that being the case after the former No. 7 pick exploded this past year, posting career highs in receptions (76), yards (1,146) and TDs (9). He demonstrated a clear connection with Justin Herbert, who forced fed Williams with 129 targets (second on the team only to Keenan Allen's 157). LA can't let its receiving corps get worse after failing to make the playoffs, so look for the Chargers to do everything they can to retain one of Herbert's favorite weapons.
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