Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Eddie Royal (11) is defended by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Telesco Loves Eddie Royal, BUT…


Tom Telesco loves Eddie Royal and what he has been able to add to the team BUT…

I love you BUT…

BUT…. the team has a number of decisions to make on a few players. Royal makes a lot of dough and it might not be worth the money that he is making to keep him on the roster. We don’t want to make a huge overhaul on the roster, but there are some guys that the team has to think about restructuring or dropping off of the team. Royal is one of those players.

Royal has had a history of injuries and he still had those issues last season. He was unable to practice for a large part of the stretch run. Missing out on practices will disrupt the timing between him and Philip Rivers.

If the team were to release Royal off of the roster, the team would save $4.5 million. There should be another receiver that the team could add with that money.

I don’t think Royal will be part of the team next season unless it is at a lower price tag. That likely means he gets released and the team will try to sign him back at a lower cost. Not sure if it will work out.

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  • Julien Bélair

    Huge but… Wow we have Allen at wr and thats it … We will sign a big name wr like maclin in the fa and draft a wr in the first 3 rounds

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      maclin would be a nice addition to the roster

      • Julien Bélair

        You bet! He fits the roster prefectly

      • vct

        Maclin probably costs around/more than Eddie.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          for sure… probably costs more, but you can’t have both. maclin likely would be the better receiver.

      • Gunnar Martin

        I don’t think he wants to leave Philly though (for some weird reason). If he does, then we should definitely look into it. I’m just not so sure about that.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i think that the team likely could go after a dexter mccluster or an andre roberts with the money and get good production from the position… maybe better production.

  • davacho

    we just picked up another 4 million in cap space from the league. : )

    • Gunnar Martin

      Happy day! I’m clapping my hands :)

  • Bill Nichols

    Royal got us off to a great start last year, hell didn’t he lead the league in TDs for the fist 6 or 7 weeks of the season?? Pay the man, or at least pay him enough to keep him happy and productive….. Bolts!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he definitely was one of our best red zone threats on the roster

    • davacho

      he had a freakish game against the eagle week 2 (7.90.3td) and a 2 td performance the week before at houston… never caught more than 1 td or 4 passes or more yards than the eagles game all season.

      • tubbs45

        He was crazy good that game….

        • Gunnar Martin

          “Craaazay good!”- Pop-Tarts commercial

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          he was freaking amazing that game!!! this pic is awesome

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’d cut him, see how the CFL guy plays and draft a WR in the mid rounds. Can’t wait to see all the moves when FA starts.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      still would want more experience there… especially if M80 does not return

      • davacho

        especially with danario out. : (

  • Tazzster

    Royal is a playmaker. I say keep him. He may be a little overpaid at 4.5, but what are you going to pay his replacement? Unless you are thinking you can draft a 4th round guy who is going to have the same experience and put up the same numbers…. not likely.

    Raoyal scored 8 touchdowns last year and most of those were explosive plays after the catch. I definitely want him on the roster.

    • Calman21

      He is due to make 6 or 6.5 million…we save 4.5 by getting rid of him

  • rickochey

    If royal is released do ya think he will get packed up at that price? What are the chances he restructures his contract?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think that it definitely is possible.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Preferably he takes a pay cut so that they can extend him a couple more years. Both sides win, even if Royal isn’t too happy about getting less money. That’s a realistic possibility, isn’t it?

  • Calman21

    He will stay if he signs a longer contract for a lower price tag…he isn’t going to get a ton of money regardless of where he goes. I think 3-3.5 million a year is fair for what he brings to the table.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Yes! That would be awesome.

  • jamfed

    Cut Royal and put LaDarius Green in the SLOT (really the position he played in college)

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

    If I were TT, I would cut Clary, McClain, and Whitehurst before I even dreamt of cutting a guy who scored 8 TD’s for us last season. The second we let him hit the market, he is going to a team like Cleveland, or New England… and he will put a healthy season together.. watch. I say find a way to keep him (hopefully for less money). Just get a returner.. he shouldn’t be doing that anymore… especially with his injury history.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I agree. I think we are underrating his value. If we let him go, it would just be another hole to fill at receiver. I don’t think that would be the smartest thing to do. And is CBJ still under contract? I thought he was set to be a FA this offseason..

    • tubbs45
      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Yes…. this GIF is awesome!

    • arnie

      Just keep this in mind. How many TD’s does Royal score “without Clary”? The alternative was not a better option.

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

        Easy more with Fluker at right tackle, Reinhart/Trotman at left guard, and Dunlap at left tackle… and not Clary at right tackle, Harris at left tackle, and Tyrone Greene at left guard. And that’s mate.

        • arnie

          Nope.

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

            I know he played guard this year. I was talking about 2012 when Royal sucked, and PR was a rag doll because the oline was Clary at RT, Harris at LT, and Greene at LG. This season, Fluker, Rinehart, Dunlap, and even Troutman were a major upgrade, and the whole offense got way better. I cant say that moving Ckary to RG was an upgrade over Vasquez. It wasn’t a serious downgrade, but if Vasquez was there, the line would have been better, IMO. And Vasquez is auight.. but not elite, by any means.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Bottom line: Clary can by no means be a starter next year.

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

            Not according to some fans, I guess.. I would go as far as to say that he is the most expendable piece of the line. I would cut him before I would cut any of the other O-Linemen, if it came down to it.. even Troutman & Harris.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Me too. Troutman and Harris have much more value to the team future-wise.

          • chargerfan#21

            WHAT! Vasquez didn’t allow a sack this season and is a pro bowler that’s not auight, thats Exellent

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

            He had an excellent year, you are right. I guess I am looking at his body of work. He never had that kind of year in SD, and that says that he plays better with a top rated supporting cast, or was coached up REALLY well (which we could apparently never do), or both. He is better than Clary, and that is the only position we downgraded on the line, is my point. Speaking of supporting casts, Clary was his neighbor at right tackle in SD, and had to constantly make up for his bad play.

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

    We won the road game in Philly, right? So I’m cool with the stats being skewed…. If we didn’t.. no playoffs. Royal looked like the #1 receiver coming out of camp.. remember that? His toe set him back this season, which can be painful. I’m willing to give him a pass on that, because he still looked pretty darn good WITH the injury, and fought through it. He made a ton of clutch catches, no matter what the stats say. I say give him one more year, and cut some other dead weight players first. If he can’t stay healthy this time, move on. Our receiving corps is F**KED as it is. Why go making releasing players with that kind of “speed”, and signing new guys who might not be good fits either? I bet Royal looks great again in camp (if he stays), and I am betting he can stay healthy for 2014.

    • arnie

      Tutu Peter, more Tutu. He basically caught everything that Rivers threw to him. He is taller, has more chemistry with Rivers, stayed healthy, and comes cheaper. See i get the “cut Clary” argument, however i am not on board because there is no real option behind him. Royal however? The Chargers have options. Tutu is one of them.

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

        I like Tutu. I like Royal more.. those pylon TD’s sold me. I like keeping them both the most = )

        • arnie

          Hey i was sold on him in training camp. But if this is about saving money, and/or health? There are $4.5 million reasons Tutu is an option to moving on from Royal.

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

            Why do you think Tutu was used so sparingly this year with such a lack of health & talent in the WR department? Or, why didn’t anyone else pay him to stay when he left SD? I mean that as serious question BTW.. not trying to say he isn’t worth it.. just curious why you think that is.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Somebody said to see how the CFL guy plays. Personally, I am getting tired of experimenting. He made plays. We can’t keep dropping players because we don’t want to pay him. I know they are in different positions, but I venture to say Eddie Royal is worth his salary a whole lot more than Derek Cox. Bet we still pay him that bundle of cash, though.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      bet we dont :)

  • vct

    Pete or Ernie, what’s the chance the Chargers would trade away #25 to get more picks? I asking this since it seems a lot of round 1 worthy players are gone before our pick.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think it is possible, but there will be a lot of teams looking to get out of the first round at that point. not sure that we will find a partner to make it happen

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

      I think what Ernie said makes sense. Furthermore, I’m not sure TT would do that. Trading away a first round pick with so many needs sounds far fetched, unless you KNOW what your plan is, and its an AWESOME plan.

  • Nick Mansoor

    Why cut Royal? Yeah he is a but pricey, but he is VERY productive. Those 8 TDs speak for themself. We should get rid of other players like Clary, McClain and try to negotiate contracts with Gates, Weddle, Mathews Rivers (I know we just restructured Rivers’ contract) and Cox. Now theirs a boat load of more money.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I totally agree. On all accounts.

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  • chargerfan#21

    We should get Jeremy maclin from eagles