Why it makes no sense for the LA Chargers to not use cap space

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(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The LA Chargers have made big improvements thus far this offseason and there is still room for the team to grow. While the draft has passed and all of the big-name free agents are off the board, the Chargers have a luxury that not a lot of teams have right now.

Cap space.

Over The Cap estimates the Chargers to have $20.3 million in cap space remaining. Some of that needs to go to signing Rashawn Slater, but the fact still remains that the Chargers have the cap space to make something happen.

A big reason why the team has so much cap space is they are not paying a big contract to a quarterback. Getting great quarterbacks on rookie deals is such a competitive advantage and the Chargers cannot afford to not utilize that competitive advantage.

Simply put, the LA Chargers need to spend that money.

Now, there is a compelling reason why the team wouldn’t spend: rollover cap. Whatever the team does not spend this season rolls over to next season. That is great for creating cap next year, but quite frankly, the Chargers do not need it.

They should be spending now. Wasting a year of Herbert’s rookie deal just to get some extra space for next year that they probably won’t fully end up using would be unfair to Herbert and unfair to the fans.

Here are three reasons why keeping the cap figure where it is would be a failure for the Bolts.