4. The LA Chargers have cuttable contracts
I wrote about this a little bit in my surprise LA Chargers cuts piece, but the Chargers have some ways they can increase their current cap room via roster cuts. Sure, you’d have to replace cut players with other players eventually. Luckily for the Chargers, they are on pace to have nine draft picks. That might mean as many as nine rookie scale contracts.
The first potential cut is right guard Trai Turner. Should he remain on the team at his current contract, he’d be due $11.3 million. Are the Chargers really willing to pay that to him with the injury issues and decline we saw last year? I’m not so sure. If the team cuts Turner, the available cap would go from $24 million to $35 million.
Los Angeles can save $8 million dollars if they cut Chris Harris and about $9 million if they cut Casey Hayward. It’s unlikely that they cut both players, but it’s not so hard to see them releasing one of the two cornerbacks going on 32 years old this season.
Assuming they cut Turner and one of the defensive backs, LA now has around $43 million in cap based on the current Spotrac estimate.
There are other potential contracts that could be cut, but you get the idea. Like they did prior to 2020 free agency, the Chargers have a lot of avenues to open up more cap space than they currently have.