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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Chargers made a huge acquisition when they signed Casey Hayward away from Green Bay in March 2016. Green Bay thought Hayward was expendable because of their cornerback depth back then. However if you went back in time and replayed the situation it’s doubtful the Packers would pass on Hayward again. Ever since arriving in Southern California Hayward has been one of the premier cornerbacks in all football. The Chargers stand out has 12 interceptions over his past two seasons which proves he has a knack for forcing turnovers. With Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram stirring stuff up at the line of scrimmage. Hayward gets to focus on the passing game and he usually finds ways to capitalize in coverage. A lot of that comes from Hayward’s instincts. The 28 year old does a great job of positioning himself and then Hayward usually finds a way to finish the play because he has great hands for a secondary player. On film there was numerous plays when this guy extended his hands way away from his body and intercepted a pass. By having a skill set that’s on par with a receiver’s that helps the Chargers defense fight fire with fire. Hayward is certainly the real deal and now he’ll make $12 million dollars per year with $20 million of that guaranteed. Coming off of two straight Pro Bowls will help you earn that kind of money and imagine what it’s done for Casey Hayward’s confidence? He has to believe in his abilities more than ever and that’s going to bring even more positive results to the football field. LA realized this and now they’re rolling out the dough to make sure they keep Hayward in the fold for at least the next three years. This was a good move because the Chargers couldn’t afford to let Hayward walk anytime soon.
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