LA Chargers who are playing for their job: Chris Harris
Both Chris Harris and Casey Hayward are taking up a big chunk of the salary cap next season and can be cut without much dead cap. The Chargers have an opt-out on Harris’ contract and can save over $7 million in cap space while they can outright cut Hayward and save $9.75 million.
You could certainly make the case that both corners are playing for their job and that the LA Chargers could cut both guys, especially if there is a new GM in tow. However, I do think that Hayward’s job is more secure and that he will likely be on the roster next season.
The reason being is it is harder to find a good outside corner than it is to find a good slot corner, especially in the NFL Draft. The team could draft a corner in the mid-rounds who can start right away at slot corner, whereas they would have to draft a corner very early to be able to start and thrive as an outside corner.
However, if Harris plays out of his mind over these last four weeks and proves that he still has more to offer then I would not be shocked if they keep him over Hayward. Simply put: I think Harris’ performance over these last four weeks will determine what the team does at the position.
Personally, I have my money on Harris being cut after the season.