San Diego Chargers: Possible Offseason Roster Cuts

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Jeromey Clary (66) talks with Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andy Studebaker (58) during the second half at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers don’t have a ton of room under the salary cap at the end of the year. They are going to have to make some wiggle room this offseason in order to bring in some free agents.  The team will have to make some roster cuts this offseason in order get a little air. Here are a few possible cap casualties during the offseason

Jeromey Clary, $4.55M savings

Jeromey Clary played well at guard, but he is getting paid like a tackle. An expensive tackle. He will need to take a pay cut in order to stay on the roster. He is a solid player for the team and his versatility is huge, but his contract is too hefty. It is the final year of his deal, so the Chargers could look to restructure his deal. If he doesn’t restructure, the team may have to cut ties with him.

Dwight Freeney, $3.5M savings

Dwight Freeney is coming off of a major injury and has a number of injuries throughout his history. He could be a huge asset on the defensive side of the football, but the $3.5M could be used somewhere else. If he is healthy, his contract is a steal. IF…

Derek Cox, $1.65M savings

Cox was terrible. How can you keep him on the roster after that type of performance? The team needs to cut their losses and admit their mistake with that signing.

Le’Ron McClain, $2.5M savings

McClain is a solid fullback, but that breed is dying and the Chargers offense does not use the position often enough in order to warrant the price tag that we are paying him. John Phillips was brought in last offseason and can be used in the fullback role if we needed someone to play the position. Need to use that money on something else.

Jonas Mouton, $766k savings

Why is he even on the roster?

In order to save even more dough, the team might look at restructuring the deals of some players. The most likely candidates would be Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle and Antonio Gates. Have to work their way around that salary cap.

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  • rickochey

    i’d like to keep Clary and McClain. I think its so important to keep that o-line intact while we are going through another OC.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      so weird to say it… but i would love to keep clary also

      • Rob Base

        That is weird! I think they should keep him too. Lol I remember saying give him the axe last season.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i know i said it. hahaha

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

        Brrrfff…. I just threw up in my mouth.

      • vct

        BC its either Troutman or find a new guy learnin the system again. I rather have someone already well versed at the system than someone new. Clary is proven too at this point.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Troutman might be needed at left tackle…. rinehart is a free agent

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

            *left guard.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            what you said

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

            Lol… COPY EDITOR!!!!! Hahahaha… Are you sold on Troutman, Ernie? I know it was his first year of action, and he was decent. But, after what I saw in the Denver game, and all of the false starts & holds at the worst possible times this season… I am not yet convinced he is starting caliber. I think letting Reinhart go would be a big mistake. He has been really solid this season, except for some time missed from an injury to his toe.. but, that happens. I wish I had another Reinhart on the right side, honestly. I was very impressed with him this year.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            where is that copy editor!?!!

            Sold on him? Troutman can be a decent starter, but he has to clean up those penalties. That would come with experience… he definitely is not a right guard though. it was terrible.

            I like Rinehart. He should be brought back.

          • vct

            We give starting job to Troutman, we get at least two stupid penalties a game lol.

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

          I know Joe D is the best in the business, and can coach any guy we bring in quickly… so that isn’t an issue, for me. If we keep Clary, it should be because he’s above average at the position, or AT LEAST at the top of the average spectrum… not because he is a comfortable old shoe.

      • Michael

        At less money

  • RussinSactown

    I can see Clary restructuring his deal. He might even squeeze out a little more money in it. Cox should just apologize and move onto coaching at some school. That was horrible. Mouton has been a bust for years. Letting him go removes another one of AJ “Kid has potential” moves.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      those AJ kids.. nobody will ever understand that move with Mouton. UGH… what a waste of a draft pick

  • Sergio Quintero

    I expect the chargers to try to renegotiate down with Clary and Jarrett Johnson, it would be great if they can get both at a price reasonable salaries. Have a feeling they wont be able to keep both.

  • Brandon Reisinger

    This is going to be an unpopular opinion but Is Gates really worth the $$ at this point? His production has really slowed down and I think Green could easily make up for the production we are getting out of him. Gates would still have pretty good trade value i would think.

    • Calman21

      Not unpopular…I think a lot of Chargers fan would love to keep Gates at a reduced price tag….but he is taking up a good size of cap space.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i have been on that train for a bit.

      • arnie

        Get off it. It’s a train that leads to know where.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          :)

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

        I feel another article coming on.. muahahaha!

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          quite possibly… not the right time though. ha

          • arnie

            you right the reasons for. i’ll write against.

    • Stefanie Smith

      No way trading Antonio Gates. He should be allowed to retire as a Charger and he still has something in the tank. Restructure his deal and spread it out a little. But he EARNED his home here.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Definitely shouldn’t trade him away like he means nothing to us. He does, big time. I just think it might be a good idea to restructure his contract a little, since he won’t really be the starter next season. He definitely deserves to stay though.

    • PowderBlueDrew

      Well, you also have to take into consideration what he does when he isn’t putting up numbers. He’s taking the defense away from the people that are making plays, and when he’s gone, we’re gonna miss him.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Exactly. He is a decoy. The opponent’s D has to cover him, allowing for another one of our guys to be open.

    • Tazzster

      Green has done so well, because he is a good player AND Gates pulls a lot of double teams, so when you stack them on the same side of the field, the safety comes down to cover on Gates and leaves Green with single coverage.

    • Nick in PB

      Brandon, I know where you are coming from. His play has declined, even though he seems to be healthier. I can’t remember a season in which he dropped more balls than this year. I don’t think his trade value would be that high though. This year was a glimpse into the fact that he’s getting up there. Still, he’s one of my favorite Chargers and has been for a while. I can’t imagine him not being a Charger until he decides to retire.

  • weistaz

    Dropping Dewight Freney would be a BIG mistake

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

      Absolutely! And a waste of a brilliant move, for bringing him in.

      • arnie

        IF you can’t depend on a player to be on the field, what good is he?

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

          He got a serious injury… like, his pectoral muscle ripped off the bone serious. I wouldn’t say that’s injury prone.. just bad luck.. even with the fact that he got a high ankle sprain in Indy in 2012. It’s football, and these things happen.. look at poor Cushing. He got that knee hammered twice! It’s not like Freeney is DX.. lol.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Truth. We should bring him back, but maybe decrease his cap hit a little. Not too much though, wanna keep the old man happy :)

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

            AHHHHHH—-GREED>>>>>

          • boltingindiego

            to keep freeney he needs to take a pay cut.

          • arnie

            Never said he was injury prone. He’s just not in his prime anymore. Sure if he had come in got injured after getting 7 sacks? I’d be crazy to say let him go. Those aren’t the facts, he’s a player in his twilight years, and major injures like that are the death toll, on his career. It’s like the argument of keeping “Gates around because he’s like a comfortable old shoe?” The difference is Gates stayed healthy, and was productive even when he wasn’t catching the ball. IF…..Freeney can’t come back and stay healthy, there is no reason to keep him.

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

            Lol… I was talking about Clary when I said “comfortable old shoe”.. not Gates. You won’t catch me saying stuff like that about #85… I didn’t even upvote it ; )

            I know where you are coming from, but I am going out on a limb, and saying that
            Dwight has one more productive year in him. Isn’t his contract up next year
            anyway? I just have this vision of Freeney & Ingram back in the line-up, and healthy. Maybe I’m being too much of a dreamer… but, people were telling me that when I was backing RM24 this time last year.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            having freeney and ingram would be awesome!!! hope it happens!

          • arnie

            Lol i need to pay more attention, I’m slippin HAHAH
            Now were on the same page, see the pressure was on Freeney to make the magic happen, but he wouldn’t even be here if Ingram hadn’t gone down. Now, we get to see what the defense looks like with both of them puttin’ work.
            All I’m saying is if he’s healthy let him prove he is worth the money. If TT brings better options into camp….. C YA!

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

    I would cut all of them, except Freeney. Get another Reinhart-type right guard for a fraction of what Clary makes, who is actually above average at the position, and has played it for longer than a season. Not into the re-structure, personally.
    We don’t need McClain. He is never used to back up Mathews (which was a big selling point to bring him in), and he doesn’t see enough playing time to warrant the salary. I am not sure what his function is on the team anymore, with other guys who could do his job for less already on the roster.
    With the saved money, maybe take another swing at a seasoned CB on a shorter contract, and try not to miss completely, like we did with Cox? I am all for drafting a top tier CB, but look at how that is working out for Cincy with Kirkpatrick.. or Dallas with Claiborne. They CAN start immediately, but also take time to develop into the position. If we want a good secondary now, we will need to sign a free agent #1 CB, and let your new guy either prove himself immediately, or grow into the starting position. If we had a GOOD veteran Free Agent #1 CB, and Shareece Wright at #2 CB, I think that would be solid…. Then, let Marcus Gilchrist, Johnny Patrick, Steve Williams, and the new guy figure out what the depth chart is, and who can play nickel best. The new guy will get a shot at some point, I believe. Wright always seems to miss a game or two.

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

    Can I get a “we should trade Philip Rivers”… just for old time’s sake? Any takers? Lol.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i heard someone say it on the radio… made me cry!!! sometimes I just dont understand some fans. Love that the Bolt Beat fans are educated!

      • Gunnar Martin

        Haha. I might’ve heard the same guy. Was it on that thing chargers.com always does after the games? He was nuts. Doubt it was a real Bolt fan.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          it was on 1090…. i lose my mind on things like that. makes me not want to listen to radio sometimes

          • Michael

            Unbeleivable, ,,, nuf said

          • vct

            PR deserves to be benched, start Sorrenson instead please.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            starts crying in corner

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

    Is it too late to trade Novak for a kicker who can put it out of the back of the end zone?

    • Gunnar Martin

      Maybe we could just try Scifres for kick offs. Novak is pretty darn reliable as far as field goals go.

    • PakMaN

      I thought I was the only one who noticed this. He can’t even get the damn ball to the end zone!

  • Tazzster

    Keep Clary. We could have used him in Denver. If he would have been in there, the Broncos would have had 2 less sacks in the first quarter… and well we might have had a different ball game.

    • boltingindiego

      restructure his contract then i wouldn’t mind keeping clary at guard.

  • Stefanie Smith

    I know that cuts have to be made, but we can’t just annihilate the team each year. There is a learning curve with new players, even good new players. Only get rid of the guys that are not working–really not panning out. In year 2, the guys we have now know the system, how it works, and can only get better. Just remember, it took a good portion of the season for the guys to gel as well as they did … and to get better. Remember how it was in the first game?

    Dropping a bomb on the team every year will get old real fast.

  • Daryl Peek

    Given what Shaun Phillips and Robert Mathis did this past season Freeny and the age theme is not a problem. I wanna see if he can get healthy first. Completely disagree on Clary. An expensive Tackle make upwards of 10+. Clary’s salary is reasonable given his versatility. Plus this is the last year on his contract.

    • boltingindiego

      clarys salary this year would have made him the 13th highest paid tackle. I don’t know if thats reasonable given his skills at rt/ rg.. Hes the 9th highest paid guard this year and will be the 12th next year.Also only 3 t’s made 10+ mil.

      • Daryl Peek

        I guess AJ had a thing for over paying Tackles? Gathier was getting around 7 mil a season. McNeil was getting 10+ mil a season. I’ll have to check the top tier average as I almost find it hard to believe Clary would be #13 at just 4.5 mil?

        • boltingindiego

          he most definitely over pays his tackles. I guess thats the only position he won’t go cheap unlike other positions.

      • Daryl Peek

        Checked Sports track and you’re right about Clary as the 9th highest paid guard this season and 12th in 2014 but given our offensive production as a team both rushing and passing he was fairly compensated as a guard. Keep in mind that was AJ’s tackle pay scale.

        Now as for Tackles it was not even close. Clary was no where near the top tier. He would have been 12th this season just barely ahead of many tackles still playing under their rookie contracts. He will be tied with Levi Brown at #16 in 2014. Keep in mind the top tackles are paid double his salary and so are the top guards.

  • Nick in PB

    I say Ronnie Brown goes. He’s not the guy you want carrying the rock if Mathews is hurt. Keep Woodhead as your multi-back. I’d like to see Freeney come back and do what he was suppose to do this season but that’s a tough call right now with his salary. Clary should stay, if he restructures. Until this season, you could count on him being in the lineup and that’s big on this line. McClain is not a position of need. We could bring back Gronkowski for a third of that salary.

  • SunnyDaily

    sign DX to cheap contract cause i doubt he will ask for alot
    resign rinehart
    sign a top coner in free agency (is sam shields a free agent )
    sign or franchise tag donald butler
    get a guard
    draft
    1.pass rusher
    2.corner
    3.guard depth
    4.wide reciever depth
    5..runnigback
    6.o line depth

  • Mark Viguri

    Will be interesting to see who Telesco keeps,
    Cox – saves nothing, lets be real Patrick and Marshall both got burned just as much. Chargers already paid Derek up front and Marshall is a free agent.
    Clary – expect him to return, he’s a good friend of Rivers and played well even as an overpriced guard
    Le’Ron McClain – surprised he wasn’t cut this year, $2.5 MIL for a seldom used FB could go elsewhere.
    Whitehurst – money that could go elsewhere
    Larry English – finally
    Mouton – yes
    Royal – only a slot receiver saves $4.5 MIL that could go towards Alexander
    Dwight Freeney – would be great if Chargers could just save him for the playoffs
    Hardwick – saves $4.4 MIL, is it time?
    Gates – I know it’s unthinkable and it only frees up $2.6 MIL but Ladarius Green needs to start. Is Gates ok with backup role?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      if gates saved more money… it would be time… .no way on hardwick yet… hardwick might do it himself thought by retiring

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