2023 Chargers Cuts: How likely Keenan Allen, Khalil Mack and more are to be cut
LG Matt Feiler
If Mack is the least likely cut on the roster, it's fair to say that Feiler by contrast is the most likely. The Chargers would save $6.5 million against the cap by releasing him.
Simply put, things are headed in the wrong direction for Feiler as he enters his age 31 season next year. He gave up the most sacks of his career with 5 (T-2021). But more importantly, his pressures allowed shot up. 38 pressures are 12 more given up than Feiler's previous career high.
The position Feiler is in is reminiscent of the 2021 offseason when the Chargers cut Trai Turner. On a technical level, Feiler's level of play hasn't been as bad as Turner's was that year. They also wouldn't save quite as much as the $11.3 million that they opened up that offseason when they cut Turner. But the Chargers have the roster flexibility to replace Feiler pretty easily after drafting both Zion Johnson and Jamaree Salyer in 2022.
Telesco has always been pretty adamant about cutting older offensive linemen a year early before letting them walk a year late: previous examples of this include the aforementioned Turner plus Bryan Bulaga and Mike Pouncey. The Chargers need to be able to protect Herbert better and Feiler is the clear weak link on the offensive line right now.
The Chargers can get better left guard/offensive line play for cheap on rookie contracts. Simple decision.