After one of the boldest offseasons in franchise history, the LA Chargers enter an offseason in which the team has to free up money just to be cap compliant. With this in mind, there are naturally going to be players who are cut simply to free up cap space.
Cutting players is not the only way that a team can free up salary-cap space in order to be compliant but it is the most efficient way. NFL contracts are hardly fully guaranteed, allowing teams to cut ties before contracts are officially over and only pay a fraction of what they would have otherwise.
There might be more cap casualties for the Chargers in 2023 than in previous years because of the salary-cap situation that the team is in. Keep this article bookmarked so you know exactly who ends up getting the boot by the Bolts.
Chargers cut tracker:
UPDATE: The Chargers are yet to make any cuts but they have made significant restructures to free up cap space. The Bolts have restructured the deals of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack thus far.
According to Over The Cap, this puts the Chargers $19 million under the salary cap. The team still needs to pay its draft class and have an in-season budget, which could come via actual salary-cap cuts.
Chargers impending free agents:
Not only do the Chargers need to make cuts to become cap compliant but they also need the funds to be able to potentially re-sign key free agents. Los Angeles has a decently-long list of free agents this spring and won't be able to bring back most of them.
Unrestricted free agents:
- LB Drue Tranquill
- RT Trey Pipkins
- DL Morgan Fox
- CB Bryce Callahan
- LB Kyle Van Noy
- WR DeAndre Carter
- P J.K. Scott
- LB Troy Reeder
Restricted free agents:
- Donald Parham
- Jalen Guyton
- Breiden Fehoko
- Storm Norton
- Foster Sarell
Drue Tranquill, Trey Pipkins and Morgan Fox are the biggest priorities for the Bolts this offseason. All three players are expected to get larger deals than they previously had after breakout seasons with the Bolts in 2023.