For months, the Chargers said they’d find a place for Desmond King in their crowded secondary, but even when injuries occurred there was no place for the former All-Pro defensive back on their team.
The Chargers reportedly found a place with a different team Monday. King was traded to the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round pick, according to multiple reports.
King was mysteriously ruled out a day before the Chargers lost to the Denver Broncos, 31-30. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn called it a team’s decision.
It wasn’t the first time King was ruled out of a game because of a team’s decision. He had the same situation the day before the Chargers lost to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15 of last season.
King was a big reason why the Chargers won 12 games in 2018 and advanced to the postseason. He was named a First-Team All-Pro slot cornerback and Second-Team All-Pro punt returner.
But King struggled last season and had disciplinary issues. That led to him losing his jobs on the field. The Chargers signed Chris Harris Jr. in the offseason to play slot cornerback and rookie wide receiver K.J. Hill has taken over as the punt returner.
King started the 2020 season as a safety and complained on social media about his limited snaps. He returned as the nickel cornerback when Harris injured his foot in Week 3.
But even then King couldn’t find a place. Now, the Chargers have reportedly stopped trying to make it work.
This story will be updated.