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The AFC West, without a doubt, is the best division in football and is only getting better. A major reason for the division’s recent success is each team’s ability to force turnovers.
According to Bleacher Report’s Doug Farrar, the AFC West possesses four of the top-10 ball hawks in the NFL, which includes Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at No. 9.
During his first season as a Charger, Hayward hauled in seven interceptions, giving him the most in the NFL. Now, Hayward is the unquestioned No. 1 cornerback in Los Angeles and is a lockdown defender in the NFL.
In 2016, the Chargers luckily signed him to a cheap deal that would pay him just over $5 million per year for three seasons (2016-18). If he hit the open market, Hayward would easily get a contract worth over $10 million per year.
As such, Hayward is the perfect free agent signing with him still in his prime (27-years-old) and at a major discount. These types of moves, in today’s salary cap era, are crucial to building a perennial contender.
Thanks to Chargers general manager Tom Telesco, who has found bargains and drafted well, Los Angeles should be contending for a while with bargains like these.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.