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.