Dec 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Time to make some predictions on how the Chargers will spend their money in free agency and what moves they will make in the draft.
The San Diego Chargers have a number of moves that they will make in the offseason. This might be the first offseason that we see Tom Telesco dip into the free agency pot a little more. He didn’t have much room to work with in the previous seasons, but he has a little bit of cap space to maneuver this time around.
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At the moment, the Chargers have around $25 million under the cap to mess around with. They can create more space by restructuring some contracts, but we will look at some of the possible cuts that they can make on the roster before getting into the complicated restructures. Jarret Johnson is someone that the team could release to create more space for other players. They would get $5 million in cap space off of his contract and push the cap to $30 million.
Chad Rinehart is someone that we consider cutting and would save the team $3.25 million off of the cap. John Phillips would give us $1.45 million and Donald Brown would give us $1.9 million. There could be other roster moves, but we will stick with all those players. Add all that up and that will leave us with roughly $36 million to keep and bring in talent.
What are we going to do with all that dough?
The top 2 players that the team should focus on are King Dunlap and Brandon Flowers in free agency. Those will be the key players to keep on the roster at the start of free agency. If either of them leave, then the team will have to find help somewhere else to fill those holes.