After having a big last offseason, the LA Chargers enter this offseason needing to make room under the cap. According to Over The Cap, the Chargers are currently $19.9 million over the projected cap for 2023.
However, this figure is not fixed. With the nature of unsecured contracts, the Chargers may cut some players in order to make room. Not only that, but the Chargers could also restructure the deals in order to make room. According to OTC, the Chargers have a simple restructuring potential of $60.1 million.
Fans are already discussing who the Chargers might end up cutting to free up cap space this offseason. As it stands, there are quite a few big contracts that could create excess cap space for the Bolts next season.
But once the dust settles, there are ultimately only two players really worth cutting if you’re Tom Telesco. Cutting all the good players off the team just to create cap space isn’t a great way to build a Super Bowl contender.
Matt Feiler was fine last season, but it’s become clear that left guard is Jamaree Sayer’s job next season. Chargers can free up to $6.5 million in ceiling space by removing Feiler, making it a no-brainer for the front office.
Hopkins isn’t saving as much money, but with Cameron Dicker emerging, it’s a good idea for the Chargers to learn the younger (and cheaper) option going forward. Cutting Hopkins would free up $1.485 million in cap space.
It’s not enough to get under the cap and with that in mind, it might look like there should be more cut candidates for the Bolts. There are four players in particular who could create cap space but for some reason will remain in Los Angeles for the 2023 season.
Let’s dive into these four players, explaining why each of them is ultimately safe from being cut.