3 Chargers Cap Cuts That Would Save Millions This Offseason

There's new leadership in Los Angeles and there could be some turnover. These three players may cap casualties in 2024.

Dec 23, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack (52) rushes
Dec 23, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack (52) rushes / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Mike Williams

Receiver Mike Williams always seems to be banged up and dealing with some kind of injury. When he's on the field, Williams is an outstanding playmaker. The Clemson product stands at 6-foot-4 and will go up to make those contested catches.

He has two seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards in his career. In March 2022, Los Angeles and Williams agreed to a three-year deal for $60 million. But now his future with the Chargers is murky.

The 2017 first-round pick suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. The injury forced him to miss the rest of the season and Williams will be turning 30 years old in October.

The Chargers will certainly be looking at moving off of Williams. They would free up $20 million in cap space if they decided to release him. Los Angeles can't afford to pay Williams $32.4 million in 2024 when it has a bunch of holes on the roster, especially defensively.

This new regime has no ties to Williams and could be looking for a clean break. The dead cap charge would only be $12.4 million per Spotrac.

The Chargers need to do a lot of work to create the cap space needed to make moves in the offseason and it may start with Williams.

Despite several big names possibly exiting this year, Chargers fans should be confident that Harbaugh will find quality playmakers through free agency and the NFL Draft to help replace their production.

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