The Chargers won't cut Kenneth Murray
This is another name that has been thrown around a lot by Chargers fans as someone who the team can cut this offseason to free up salary-cap space. And to be completely clear, this is not meant to be a Kenneth Murray defense. While he did have some promising moments last season, he once again had an all-around bad season.
Since Murray had a bad season and likely won't get the fifth year on his contract picked up, some Chargers fans have assumed that the Bolts will just pull the plug now to free up the salary-cap space. While that sounds great on paper, it isn't realistic.
First of all, the Chargers do not have the inside linebacker depth to make this kind of move. Drue Tranquill is a free agent this offseason and there is not a reliable option behind Murray. Cutting Murray would force the Chargers to draft an early linebacker in 2023, which should not be done.
Second of all, cutting Murray does not even free up that much space. If the Chargers cut Murray they would free up $2.3 million in cap space. It is not worth the depth headache of cutting Murray to free up $2.3 million. At least with Hopkins, there is an instant replacement that makes sense. That is not the case for Murray.
Even if the Chargers bring back Tranquill for cheap, cutting Murray does not seem like a realistic move for Tom Telesco to make. This is the same team that held on to Jerry Tillery until the very end and Murray has at least been better than Tillery.