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Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Checking on the Chargers Salary Cap Situation


The Bolts have $5.5 million under the cap right now according to John Clayton of ESPN. Here are the numbers for the rest of the division:

Denver: $8.4 million
Kansas City: $3.9 million
Oakland: $3.1 million
San Diego: $5.5 million

The Chargers can save some more money by releasing a few players off of the roster. Cutting players like Jeromey Clary, Eddie Royal, LeRon McClain and Charlie Whitehurst could open up another $6.5 million if the Chargers wanted to sign a few players. We may want to free up that space to try and bring Bryant McKinnie on.

Also not factored into that $5.5 million is the extra $4 million that the team will get back after officially releasing Jared Gaither. Gaither is released, but the official process won’t go through until June 1 and will give the team another $4 million that can be used to sign all the rookies to deals.

We finally are sitting at a decent spot with the cap and we can try to add some bargain veterans in free agency. Demorrio Williams is still available and would be a good pickup for depth in the middle. If the Chargers really are concerned with Ryan Mathews and the running game, they could try and make a run at Ahmad Bradshaw, Peyton Hillis or Michael Turner. A bruiser back that can take the carries in short yardage situations. It would be smart to bring on another safety also. Corey Lynch is still available and did well for us last season.

We have a little wiggle room to bring on a vet or two.

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  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    There it is. Wiggle room would be nice.

  • tubbs45

    Clayton does such a good job keeping up on the cap#s. McKinnie or Starks. Not liking what I’m hearing about McKinie’s attitude towards football from his own team mates… Williams did a nice job at ILB last year!

    • joerockt

      Hell, before Te’o, I thought Williams was good enough to start this year.

      • tubbs45

        Still would make a strong rotational piece!

        • Julien Bélair

          well we sign smith from packers at ilb position. if we do sign williams also we will get rid of mouton

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i did forget about that dude

  • tubbs45

    Don’t cut #sweater LeRon man, 100% effort, and he can still pound the D and the rock!

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      How did he have a 99 FB rating on 2011 Madden? Did he used to be awesome? Gronks gonna take his place and get some $ free’d up. I’d seriously cut all those guys mentioned if we can get Mckinnie. Then fill there spots with our bomb UDFA’s. Some of them are going to deserve a roster spot, why not make some more openings and save $

      • tubbs45

        Have you watched gronk play? Lol. LeRon is a great fullback when the OLine does their job against the DLine… When they don’t it just a matter of physics. He is no LoNeal but who is?

        • Julien Bélair

          they just bring ronk to push leron a bit to make some competition, but at the end of the day leron is the starter

      • tubbs45

        Maybe we trade a FB to the cards:

        PFT: The reported trade of Sherman leaves the Cardinals without a fullback on the roster. New head coach Bruce Arians has been known to deploy tight ends in fullback-like roles, with David Johnson in Pittsburgh an example.

  • joerockt

    Did we officially cut Jackie Battle yet?

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Even my wife knew last year that when Battle came in its going up the middle lol she also thinks no one should ever run up the middle and curses the tv on draw plays…..pretty funny

      • tubbs45

        Lol my wife didn’t the same thing, hahaha!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Um, thanks Gaither? No, we won’t go that far…

  • boltingindiego

    hopefully we’ll sign either starks or mckinnie. Get lynch to back up taylor and for special teams. Would like either 1 or more 2 de’s with 1 of those to play the middle on 3rd downs for pass rushing.

    • Julien Bélair

      to me a pass rusher specialist is a bigger concern than mckinnie

  • boltingindiego

    also since we might cut whitehurst would like a real back up qb since the 7th rounder will most likely be on the practice squad.

    • Julien Bélair

      thats probably what is going to happen