2 players the Chargers should cut for cap space (and 4 shouldn’t)

After spending a lot last season, the LA Chargers are going into this off-season and need to make some room under the cap. According to Over The Cap, the Chargers are currently $19.9 million above the expected 2023 cap.

However, that figure is not set in stone. Due to the nature of non-guaranteed contracts, the Chargers may cut off certain players to make room. Not only that, but the Chargers could also restructure deals to make room. According to OTC, the Chargers have $60.1 million in easy restructuring potential.

Fans are already debating who the Chargers might cut to clear this off-season cap space. As it stands, there are quite a few big contracts that could create excess cap space for the Bolts next season.

But when the dust settles, there are ultimately only two players really worth scrapping if you’re Tom Telesco. Cutting all the good players off the team to create cap space is not a good way to build a Super Bowl contender.

Matt Feiler was fine last season, but it’s become clear that left guard is Jamaree Salyer’s job next season. The Chargers can free up $6.5 million in cap space by dropping Feiler, making this a no-brainer for the front office.

Hopkins isn’t saving that much money, but with the rise of Cameron Dicker, it’s smart for the Chargers to get to know the younger (and cheaper) option. Eliminating Hopkins would free up $1.485 million in capspace.

That’s not enough to get under the cap and with that in mind it may seem like more candidates need to be cut for the Bolts. There are four players in particular who could create some space but for one reason or another will be staying in LA for the 2023 season.

Let’s dive into those four players and explain why each of them is ultimately safe from being cut.

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