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Jarret Johnson Restructures Contract With Chargers


The San Diego Chargers and Jarret Johnson have agreed on restructuring Johnson’s contract and it will free up another $1 million under the salary cap, per Michael Gehlken. The team wants to have some dough under the cap in order to allow some flexibility with free agency opening up on Tuesday.

The team has worked out new deals with Jarret Johnson and Eddie Royal freeing up some much needed space under the cap. In free agency, the Chargers are expected to pursue some help in the secondary and they will also likely be looking for an upgrade at the nose tackle position. The team has done a good job of re-signing their own free agents. Johnson’s new deal could free up some room for the recent signing of Chad Rinehart.

Johnson is a veteran outside linebacker for the Chargers that did well last season when he was in the game. He struggled through some injuries though and will be looking to get on the field for more playing time this coming season. He will be a key player for the Chargers defense.

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  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Chargers have already solidified the veteran backbone of the team. I am super impressed on how Telesco and company have gone about business so far, and they are not even close to bet done yet. It feels good to see the team I root for come together so nicely even in the off season. This Ish is BOLTASTIC!!!

  • Julien Bélair

    Only 1 million it doesn’t seems much

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      I think Telesco is going for many small changes that add up to a make a big difference.

      • Julien Bélair

        ur right I guess I’m greedy

  • navw21

    Michael Gehlken is reporting that Earl Mitchell is a target for us to sign in FA.

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/10/earl-mitchell-chargers-nose-tackle-free-agency/

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

      Not a fan of this report. I know that he played in Wade Phillip’s 3-4 system, and that the Texans have cap issues.. but, the perceived reason he is leaving Houston is that he wasn’t a good fit in the 3-4, and is more suited for a 4-3 in Chicago. I’m not a GM, but that sounds stupid to ignore.

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

    This is lining up quite nicely.

    • Gunnar Martin

      It is indeed. Man, it just gives me goosebumps watching TT’s plan unravel!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        it is so nice to see what he is doing. wonder what he has up his sleeve in free agency.

  • Anthony95

    Now if Telesco can restructure Clary, sign Ohrmberger and Marshall we are solid.

    I see rumor SD is interested in Earl Mitchell. If they sign him tomorrow he is more of a DE and I wonder if Telesco is indeed trying to sign him if its more of a rotation during passing situations or to rotate with Luiget and Reyes.

    Mitchell is under 300 and for a 3-4 NT that is small. Though he is decent from a pass rush perspective.

    • Julien Bélair

      We could use an upgrade over Reyes

      • Anthony95

        I think Reyes and Luiget will be much better with a true malling NT – then add to that a healthy LB corp and a true #1 CB and that will make for one heck of a defense.

        • Julien Bélair

          I know I just have realistic expectation for Reyes… he kinda look like a bust

          • Anthony95

            Maybe but costing under $800k this year, just for the potential that a true NT will get him going is worth it. Maybe with Mitchel and Reyes in rotation would be a plus.

            Just don’t want to sign Mitchell thinking he is the answer at NT.

          • Julien Bélair

            he was the Texans’ NT wasn’t he?

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Ya he started at NT 14 games

          • Julien Bélair

            But JJ watt is next to him which is a huge help

          • navw21

            Yeah and he’ll have Corey Liuget next to him with us.

          • Julien Bélair

            I do like Liuget a lot but he is not even close of being JJ Watt

          • navw21

            Yeah I know but hopefully one day. LOL

          • Christian Vazquez

            My 1st thought exactly. Was preferring a big power NT. Though Polian rated him as an A free agent and he’s on his prime. That’s gotta be worth something.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      but he played the nose for the Texans all season long. He is likely the smallest nose tackle in the league, but he is athletic and can make plays in the middle. it would be interesting to see if he is the guy they want.

      • Derek

        But it isn’t good that cam rated better than him

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

        I have read that Earl Mitchell is leaving Houston because he is a poor fit for Wade’s 3-4, and is the best fit for Chicago in the 4-3. Isn’t that his selling point? That he is from Wade’s defense? Maybe Telesco sees something I don’t. His stats are decent. He’s the right age. But, I am feeling a little nervous about these reports. Maybe he is the next Dunlap. I bet Chicago signs him.

  • Joel Ayala

    Gates,Weddle,and PR need to redo their deals as well. Especially The first two.

    • Lee

      thats a slap in the face to one of the best ever and to two of our best players on the team. we need their trust not try to cut their benefits

      • Joel Ayala

        Not gonna argue but yes they are Elite players. And Gates for sure a HOFer.

    • Derek

      Weddle has covered 2 zones at the same time a lot! That’s 1 man I don’t want to ask to restructure. Gates yeah

      • Gunnar Martin

        I do NOT want that man to feel like he is getting ripped off. Just give him his deserved money and call it good.

  • Gunnar Martin

    So that basically guarantees JJ’s spot on the roster. Same goes for Royal. I’m feeling another one of those small restructures sometime in the future for Clary, perhaps a few other vets as well. I’m so excited to see who TT is thinking of giving that new available cash to :)

  • Sergio Quintero

    Can’t have Clary at his current number, I am not saying something very new here, want to see something before the market opens.

    I’m interested to see if any corners have a scheduled visit into SD in the next few days, get them visit to close the deal, and don’t let them leave.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    Revis is either getting traded or cut by the Bucaneers. He’s probably too expensive but just imagine him in Blue and Gold.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Ah man. That would be amazing… until we discovered that Pags found a way to screw up even the magnificent Revis Island. Sigh…

  • vct

    Santaonio Holmes and Michael bush? I winder if we can get cheap.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    This is absolute BadAssery if that’s even a word….TT get tin’ things done unlike the former clown w his ego…thanks DubJ!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      its a word…. now