(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) – LA Chargers
Trai Turner — $11.5 million
I covered this is another article, but we all thought the Russell Okung for Trai Turner was highway robbery for Tom Telesco and the LA Chargers. It has not panned out and we are not here to be hindsight warriors. All of us were wrong, but we were not expecting Turner to not be healthy for most of this season.
The problem is that Turner also has not been playing well on top of being hurt. He was already regressing a tad in his later Carolina days and there is probably a reason why the Panthers were so okay with moving on from Turner for Russell Okung, who hardly played last season.
It should have been a warning sign. When a team seemingly gives up on a player in a lopsided trade there is probably a reason for it.
One of the biggest benefits of the Chargers trading for Turner is that he was under contract for two years as opposed to one but now those two years are burning the team. The Bolts have to commit $11.5 million of the salary cap — which again, is 6.2% — to someone who hardly stayed on the field and was not tremendous when he was playing.
It will be interesting to see how the team handles Turner’s situation, especially if Telesco is let go and another GM takes over. Do they pay him because they desperately need the offensive line depth? Or do they cut him to free up all $11.5 million, as they would have no dead cap space?
The answer seems pretty clear to me.