Costa Mesa, California. — The Los Angeles Chargers resolved their salary cap crisis without releasing any formidable playmakers ahead of the new league year that begins Wednesday, helping them put together the pillars of the roster the organization is hoping to build. Could Challenge in the AFC West and make a deep playoff run.
The Chargers went over the salary cap by $20.5 million in the off-season, creating uncertainty over whether their core group of players — who played before suffering a historic 31-30 wild-card loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars — would make their first playoff appearance since 2018. The berth was earned – will be retained.
But the Bolts restructured the contracts of edge rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack and receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, which created a combined $40.37 million in salary cap space, a league source told ESPN’s Field Yates. Enabled him to be in line with the salary cap. $19 million in cap space before Wednesday’s deadline.
Reworking the Bosa and Mack deals created $25.99 million, while the restructuring of the Allen and Williams deals earlier this week created $14.37 million in the space. Despite the team’s cap compliance, roster moves remain a possibility as the Chargers prepare to fill needs in free agency.
The Bolts are not expected to retain starting safety Nasir Adderley and linebacker Drew Tranquil, both set for free agency, but are expected to attempt to re-sign Trey Pipkins III at right tackle .
The Chargers are also on the clock to sign Justin Herbert to a blockbuster deal, with the quarterback now eligible for an extension as he prepares for the fourth season of a five-year rookie deal.