Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox (22) on the sideline lines in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

$133 Million Salary Cap Could Help Keep Some Chargers


The salary cap is expected to rise up to $133 million this coming season, per Pro Football Talk. That is $10 million over the salary cap that was set for last season and that should give the San Diego Chargers some room in those pants. The Chargers were a little bloated over the cap, but that extra room could give the team a little extra love and could be some good news for a few Chargers.

The Chargers have been negotiating a deal with Donald Butler and that situation is still up in the air. If Butler is allowed to test free agency, I would assume that he will walk away and sign with another roster. Regardless, if the Chargers wanted to send him the extra money, they have a little more room to make that decision.

The extra cash under the cap could benefit players like Jeromey Clary and Eddie Royal the most. Both were productive players for the Chargers last season, but their big salaries that AJ Smith tossed in their direction was not something the team could survive.

The team can also look to sign Chad Rinehart to a deal to play that guard position. He will become a free agent in a couple of weeks and would be a key player for the team to bring back.

Could this mean the team keeps Derek Cox though? They have the extra money to keep him around to see if he can make a turnaround. Tom Telesco believed in him at one point and he didn’t play well last season. Could Telesco keep him around for another year with the extra money to see if he can live up to the expectations that were there?

Even with the extra money under the cap, the team will not have a ton of money to throw at free agents. Telesco will have to be smart with his money once again and will have to get the most bang with his buck.

Can we get some action already? Can we see some movement?

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • arnie

    That’s good news. I take it you would rather none of that money be used on Cox? Lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      honestly… wouldn’t be mad either way on that decision.

  • arnie

    Also, I think the lack of action has to do woth Butler. This may be a long shot, I believe how things go with him, will set the ball in motion for everything else.

  • Gunnar Martin

    I know it’s the offseason, but can we get some tangible action soon? A re-signed player here. A cut there. Rumors and tidbits are good and fun, but they’re getting boring. I just want something REAL for once. I’m just dying for something like that to happen within the Chargers organization. Pretty please TT?

    Anyways, this salary cap boost is much needed. Like you said Ernie, it could help a few of our on-the-bubble players like Clary, Royal, etc. But honestly, I would rather us re-sign Butler than keep those two along with McClain and a couple other expendable players. I will be so depressed if he isn’t in a Bolt uni this season.

  • DanishBolt

    Clary… Productive?!?!?!????

    • arnie

      Believe it.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Regardless of Butler’s on going negotiations, do they need McClain, Ronnie Brown, Clary, Cox, English, Mouton, Royal, or ClipBoard Jesus?? Those guys can all be replaced w/ younger, faster, and cheaper players…IF it’s speed they want, go get it already

  • blu3ny3llow

    I think McClain will be gone and Clary will probably get his contract restructured… as for Cox I don’t think either will happen

  • Stefanie Smith

    I don’t want to eventually see any of this “How was TT to know how poorly Cox would play when he offered him a nice healthy deal?” Now TT does know. He knows the guy did not play well or step up. So if this guy turns out to be a waste of a roster space after the powers that be knew him–then that is on them. If he continues to reward the guy (his pay and not cheap) and send somebody else packing or misses out on somebody actually good, then that is a screw up. No other way to see it.

  • Stefanie Smith

    And getting rid of Butler (by not paying him–doesn’t have to be Ellerbe money) and then keeping Clary at his hefty salary would be dumb.