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Mailbag: What are the Chances the Chargers Make a Trade?

*Q:  Who do you think deserves Pro Bowl honors if you had to name three offensive Chargers and then also name three defensive Chargers? – S. Cho *

A: There are quite a few Chargers I feel worthy of Pro Bowl recognition. On offense, it all starts with Philip Rivers who continues to be among the best in the league.  I also urge you to vote for Melvin Gordon.  The running back has bounced back in a major way to lead the entire NFL in total touchdowns right now with 10!  Finally, I believe Hunter Henry is worthy of a Pro Bowl nod.  Players will once again be chosen by conference, and in my opinion, he has been one of the top three tight ends in the AFC.  He ranks third in the conference with three touchdowns and fifth with 326 receiving yards.  On defense, Brandon Mebane is deserving of making the Pro Bowl in his first year with the Bolts.  He has made a world of difference, proving to be an impact player against the pass as well as the run.  The nose tackle has 26 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, 11 pressures, four QB hits and one interception.  Meanwhile, Melvin Ingram is also worthy of votes.  He leads the team with 4.0 sacks and 18 pressures, and has been a terror off the edge.  Then there is Joey Bosa.  In only three games, the rookie has made a profound impact with 4.0 sacks, 12 pressures and already leads the team with seven QB hits.  There are many Bolts worthy of your vote, so be sure to support them by clicking here. 

Q:  When is the trade deadline and what are the chances we make a trade before the deadline? – Malcolm Brown

A: The trade deadline is only a week away on Nov. 1. As far as the likelihood that San Diego makes a deal, while I would never say never, the chances appear to be remote at best when looking at the team’s history.  General Manager Tom Telesco has not executed an in-season trade since arriving in 2013.  In fact, the Bolts have only made six in-season trades in the last 27 years, with the most recent coming in 2007.  Here is a look at those deals:

2007 – WR Chris Chambers from Miami for 2008 second round pick (57th overall)
2006 – 2007 sixth round pick (204th overall) to Tennessee for QB Billy Volek
2005 – QB Cleo Lemon to Miami for 2006 sixth round pick (188th overall, Kurt Smith) and QB A.J. Feeley
2005 – G Toniu Fonoti to Minnesota for 2006 seventh round pick (227th overall, Jimmy Martin)
2004 – WR Keenan McCardell from Tampa Bay for 2005 third round pick (91st overall) and sixth round pick (203rd overall)
2002 – G Kelvin Garmon from Dallas for 2003 seventh round pick (from Cleveland)

Q:  Ricky I love ya dude but what were you thinking giving your Falcons unsung hero game ball to Joey Bosa? Unsung is the last word to ever be used about Joey Bosa! The dude gets more publicity and attention than anyone. That gets you a #CmonMan – Frank Malducci

A: Yeah, that’s fair.  Bosa had such an important impact in the game, but there was no way not to give Denzel Perryman our defensive game ball.  In hindsight, I should have given it to Trevor Williams.  The undrafted free agent out of Penn State was playing in only his second career game and was thrust into action after Craig Mager suffered a concussion.  He more than held his own, and even lined up against Julio Jones at times.  Williams deserved some recognition, so I will retroactively give that game ball to him.

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