2. The LA Chargers cut Trai Turner
We all thought that Tom Telesco was a genius for the Trai Turner trade and it ended up not working out for the LA Chargers. Let’s not be hindsight warriors and pretend like we all knew this was not going to work, though.
I personally had concerns with Turner’s recent performances and did not think he would be this saving grace for the Chargers, but I certainly expected him to at least be on the field and help this offensive line.
Injuries are never a player’s fault but it was a shame to see Turner out of action so much and then just not be good when he was playing. Suddenly, the one-year flip of Russell Okung for two years of Turner does not seem very well.
Perhaps the Carolina Panthers knew something that we did not know.
Luckily, the Bolts can simply cut ties with Turner before June 1 and save a fair amount of cap space. Turner is actually owed no dead money if he is cut before June 1, which is why he is a prime candidate to be cut in the first place.
It does open a hole at right guard but it is a hole that the team was playing with last season anyways. With the team getting Orlando Brown in the previous trade, they could take an interior offensive lineman in the first round or could even move back, get more capital, then draft an interior offensive lineman.
Regardless, there are options and the money that Turner would cost is probably better off being used elsewhere.
Total saved: $22.9 million