San Diego Chargers restructure Antonio Gates contract

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) runs after making a catch before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers made more room under the salary cap by restructuring the deal for TE Antonio Gates. The team was able to free up $1.5 million under the cap by converting $3 million of his base salary into a signing bonus, per Brian McIntyre.

With the extra room under the cap, the team can look at signing some help on the defensive line. The Chargers could go after Kevin Vickerson or Sione Fua who were released from the Denver Broncos before the season started. They would be instant upgrades on the defensive line.

Vickerson could be signing with the Cincinnati Bengals this week, but that deal still has not become official. He posted a Bengals logo on his instagram a few days ago, but has since taken it off of his page. He would be a nice veteran piece to have in the middle of the defense.

Siona Fua is another player that could help on the defensive line. He is younger, but could be a great option to use at the nose tackle position. He worked with Ron Rivera in Carolina and also was part of the Denver Broncos last season.