Looking up and down the roster of the Los Angeles Chargers, it would appear that the team is close to being a contender. The team’s furious finish to the 2017 season would also indicate that a deep playoff run is not far off. However, it is still a team that missed the postseason for the fourth season in a row.
Every team is looking to get better in the offseason, even if that requires some drastic decisions to be made. Overthecap.com notes that the Chargers currently have about $23.7 million in available cap space. For a team that many figure doesn’t need much in the way of new players, that might be a nice, round figure.
But let’s suppose the Chargers do want to make a bigger splash in free agency. Let’s suppose that the team isn’t satisfied with its recent 9-7 season and wants to go out and get that player or players that are going to put them over the top.
After all, that’s what the Philadelphia Eagles did last offseason, signing Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, LeGarrette Blount, Jake Long, Stefen Wisniewski and of course Nick Foles. Each of those players made a significant impact on a team that went from 7-9 in 2016 to Super Bowl champions the next year.
The Chargers can create additional cap space by cutting players with high salaries and big cap numbers. Here is a look at five players who could be candidates to receive that fate.