Chargers Free Agency

4 players who could be cut and become Chargers free agency targets

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2. Rodger Saffold

As it currently stands, the Tennessee Titans are $7.3 million over the salary cap and they are going to have to make some tough decisions in order to get under that number. While the offensive line is critical to protecting Ryan Tannehill and allowing Derrick Henry to run the ball, that is the most likely place the Titans can trim.

There are two offensive linemen that the Titans can cut and save some money to get under the cap. One is guard Rodger Saffold and the other is tackle Taylor Lewan. The Titans would save $10.5 million in Saffold and $12.9 million in Lewan. Both have very little dead cap attached to them.

While Lewan represents bigger savings for the Titans, Saffold does feel like the more likely candidate to be cut. First is because of his age as he is three years older than Lewan and is going to be 34 in June. The other is the position. It can be easier for the Titans to replace Saffold with a guard in the draft rather than having to replace Lewan with a tackle.

Saffold would be a great addition to the LA Chargers offensive line to play the right guard spot. While he has been a left guard in recent years, he does have experience playing right guard and is even a swing tackle option (similar to Matt Feiler).

The Chargers have to patch up the right side of that line and an early selection at right tackle is the most likely path in that regard. When it comes to guard, the team could try and re-sign Oday Aboushi but they could also get a veteran who is a really good run blocker (he has work to do in pass protection, but in the Chargers' blocking scheme, he would do well).

If I had to put a number on Saffold, I would estimate that he would get a two-year, $15 million contract. That would be doable for the LA Chargers and with how it is structured, could provide no risk for the 2023 season if Saffold suddenly regresses.

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