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LA Chargers: Guaranteeing Mike Williams’ 5th year was the right decision

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the first half against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the first half against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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The LA Chargers have a perfect cap space situation

Like I wrote earlier, the Chargers are not spending a new $15.68 million here. This has been accounted for in the 2021 cap count for almost a whole year. And guess what? They’re still fourth in the league in salary cap space.

Williams doesn’t really affect your ability to team build. The Chargers have nine draft picks and still can make free agent moves. With the remaining $23+ million that Los Angeles has to spend, Telesco could theoretically:

  • Trade for Zach Ertz on a $5 million dollar cap hit
  • Sign 1-2 depth tackles or guards
  • Sign a cornerback like Troy Hill or Mackensie Alexander
  • Plus, potentially more through extensions and playing around with the cap

I don’t know how many more moves Telesco really feels like he has to make, but Williams isn’t stopping him from doing much of anything in 2021.

Cutting Williams from would’ve saved some cap room for sure. The Chargers could’ve jumped from $23 million in available spending money to about $39 million. But that brings us back to the question from the last slide-what does the team do to replace Williams?

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Moving on from Williams this offseason would’ve been less of a cap relief as opposed to another hole on the roster they would’ve needed to fill. Denzel Perryman, Nick Vigil, Tyrod Taylor and the aforementioned Henry have walked in free agency. Adding Williams to the list of stuff to fix on the roster for 2021 just seems unwise.

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