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 and what he has been able to add to the team BUT…
I love you BUT…
Tom Telesco praises Eddie Royal, but "we've got a decision to make on a number of guys." Chargers save $4.5 million if Royal released.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) February 20, 2014
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.