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Which players should Chargers release?

Nov 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is pressured by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) as offensive guard Orlando Franklin (74) blocks during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is pressured by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) as offensive guard Orlando Franklin (74) blocks during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Chargers are tight against the cap going into the 2017 offseason. In order to free up some space, general manager Tom Telesco and Co. need to make a few cuts.

The 2017 salary cap is projected to rise to $168 million. The Chargers have just $113,693 in carryover money, which will be added to the salary cap amount at the start of the league year in March.

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According to OverTheCap.com, the Chargers are projected to have roughly $21 million in cap space (not including money set aside for 2017 rookies), which ranks 25th in the NFL (though ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton reported the Chargers have $17,554,850 in salary-cap space two weeks back).

Regardless, the Chargers need to cut some players who have underperformed in order to have some money to play with when free agency rolls through. We talked about which unrestricted and restricted free agents the Chargers should re-sign, so let’s take a look at which players should be released (no specific order).

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