3. Los Angeles Chargers TE Gerald Everett
Daniel Popper of The Athletic (subscription required) identified Everett as a potential cap casualty for the Chargers this week. They are a little over $20.2 million in the red against the salary cap right now, and cutting Everett would clear $4.25 million in cap space with $4 million in dead money.
We’ve already pointed to Everett as a potential cap casualty the Lions should be paying attention to, so he naturally has a place on this list. It’s a low bar, but he’d instantly clearly be the most talented tight end the Lions have and general manager Brad Holmes was the Rams’ director of college scouting when they drafted Everett in 2017.
Everett’s receiving production is on an upward trend, across three teams (Rams, Seahawks, Chargers) the last three seasons. He set career-highs in catches (58), targets (87) and receiving yards (555) catching passes from Justin Herbert this season, while tying his career-best with four touchdowns. He finished the season on a personal high note, with six catches for 109 yards and a touchown in the Chargers’ playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The perception of Everett’s talent level and/or potential has never quite yielded requisite production over his six NFL seasons. But with history playing with Jared Goff in Los Angeles, he looks like a nice possible fit for Detroit as a secondary piece of the offense and a pure talent upgrade at tight end.