With a general manager known as the “Coupon God,” there are sure to be overachievers on the roster based on contract value. Below are the players that have overachieved and underachieved the most this season based on their contract value.
In a league with a salary cap, the Los Angeles Chargers, like all other teams, seek out the highest performance players on the lowest paying contracts. While these contracts are usually rookie deals (due to the current version of the Collective Bargaining Agreement), general managers also seek to find some of these high-value deals in free agency.
Tom Telesco has frequently done well in this regard, most notably stealing Casey Hayward from the Green Bay Packers in free agency. But in the NFL, one cannot simply rest on their laurels.
Valuable contacts are instrumental in creating a Super Bowl-caliber NFL team. The most obvious example of this phenomenon is the fact that teams with cheap quarterbacks have been dominating the NFL in recent years.
However, the same value can be gained at other positions, which is what teams must do when paying for a franchise-caliber quarterback, such as Philip Rivers.
Without further ado, below are the players on the Chargers roster that are currently creating the biggest impact on the Chargers team relative to their contract value.