2023 Chargers Cuts: How likely Keenan Allen, Khalil Mack and more are to be cut
C Corey Linsley
Linsley falls in a similar place as Mack in this discussion for me. The money saved makes it technically possible: Los Angeles would save $5.3 million by cutting him now, $10.5 million with a post-June 1st designation.
That being said, Linsley still plays like a top 5 center in the NFL and the Chargers have other potential holes in their offensive line to address like free agent Trey Pipkins or cut candidate Feiler. Opening up a gigantic All-Pro-caliber sized hole at center right now to save $5-10 million on the cap simply isn't worth it.
Age, possible regression, and potential tendinitis issues re-appearing would be reasons to table the conversation in 2024 and 2025. Maybe the Chargers draft a "center of the future" this year to prepare for the possibility on day two or three. For reference, the Chargers could save $8.9 million and $14.5 million respectively in 2024 and 2025. Those would be Linsley's age 33 and 34 seasons.
But right now, Linsley is about as close to 100% to remain a Charger in 2023 as possible. LA can also open up about $6 million in cap space by restructuring his contract this offseason. That's a much likelier route that Telesco may go down.
They signed him to the biggest center contract in the NFL history at the time for a reason.
Chance Corey Linsley is cut: 7%
TE Gerald Everett
Gerald Everett is perhaps as truly close to 50/50 as it gets in this group of players. The Chargers stand to save $4.25 million if they were to move on from their current TE1 on the depth chart this year.
Everett set career highs in targets, receptions and yards across the board this year. Part of it was certainly health and availability: he played 16 out of 17 games in a year where the Chargers experienced attrition otherwise across the board on offense.
But Everett remained the steady blocker he was in Seattle while stepping up big-time in replacing offensive production. His performance was also desperately needed this year with the time that Donald Parham unfortunately missed. Parham is a restricted free agent in this conversation.
If the Chargers want to take a tight end in round one or two with a draft class that's chock full of them, keeping Everett at an $8.25 million cap hit in a TE2 role could be difficult. On the other hand, cutting him and potentially being left with Tre' McKitty as your top tight end entering the draft is a massive risk. The former Georgia Bulldog did not develop as some in the organization thought he would this year.
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Personally, I'm on team keep Everett. But it wouldn't surprise me if Telesco looks to the draft for tight end early assuming they keep Allen.