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Chargers ‘love’ WR Mike Williams ahead of fifth-year option decision

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Every team in the NFL has until May to decide on whether to exercise their fifth-year options in 2021 or not, and the Los Angeles Chargers are undecided on Mike Williams. Despite being undecided about his future, Los Angeles “loves” the wide receiver ahead of his fifth-year option decision.

“Actually, I haven’t given enough thought on that yet,” [general manager Tom] Telesco said, via the Los Angeles Times. “But we love what he’s doing. He’s going to be a good player in this league.”

The Chargers selected Williams with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Williams rarely saw the field and caused some concern for fans after the franchise used their first-round pick on the Clemson product.

Then, Williams would bounce back in his sophomore campaign with 43 receptions for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns. While leading the team in receiving touchdowns in 2018, Williams appeared to be a perfect complementary piece to Pro Bowl wideout Keenan Allen.

In his third season in the NFL, the Clemson product hauled in 49 receptions for 1,001 yards and two touchdowns. Even though he had just two touchdowns, Williams led the entire league with 20.4 yards per reception.

Heading into the 2020 season, Williams is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract. The big-play receiver is slated to carry a $6.2 million cap hit next season. However, as a former first-round pick, the Chargers could choose to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2021 season.

Given his production thus far, it would be a surprise if the Chargers didn’t pick up his fifth-year option. Just last year, Los Angeles decided to pick up the fifth-year option for Joey Bosa.