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Chargers salary cap analysis

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Buck Melanoma, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

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    Antwan Barnes, Malcom Floyd are values for Chargers
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    • By Brian McIntyre
    • Around the League writer
    • Published: July 13, 2012 at 12:50 a.m.
    • Updated: July 13, 2012 at 12:56 a.m.
    "Around the League" is taking a look at each team's salary-cap situation heading into training camp. Next up: the San Diego Chargers.
    Adjusted cap number: $118.588 million
    Cap room remaining: $2.862 million
    Best bargain: Though he's not a full-time starter, outside linebacker Antwan Barnes came off the bench to post 11 of the team's 32 sacks in 2011. According to Football Outsiders Almanac, Barnes also had 16.5 hurries, the highest amount on the team. Nine of Barnes' 11 sacks came over the final 10 games of the season, and his production came while earning $1 million in base salary in the first of a two-year, $3.2 million contract that has zero performance incentives. Barnes is not expected to start this season, but his valuable pass-rushing skills will get him plenty of playing time, and his $1.6 million base salary makes him a bargain.
    Potential camp casualty: Speaking of outside linebackers, veteran Shaun Phillips' sack production dropped to 3.5 last season from 11 in 2010. With Phillips scheduled to earn $4.4 million in base salary this season, he could find his roster spot in jeopardy if Barnes or one of the Chargers recent first-round picks Melvin Ingram (2012) and Larry English (2010) push him for the starting job opposite free-agent acquisition Jarrett Johnson.Malcom Floyd caught 43 passes for 856 yards and five touchdowns last season, ranking in the top 10 in Football Outsiders' top metrics (DYAR and DVOA) while earning $2 million in the first year of a two-year, $5 million contract. With Vincent Jackson signing with theTampa Bay Buccaneers, Floyd is the de facto No. 1 receiver and is scheduled to earn $3 million in total compensation this season.​
    Certainly on the bubble is Brandyn Dombrowski, a reserve offensive tackle who is scheduled to earn $1.26 million in non-guaranteed base salary in 2012. Dombrowski was a spot-starter and played about a quarter of the team's offensive snaps, but he was remembered most for getting worked over by then-Oakland Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on the NFL Network last November. With Jared Gaither expected to lock down the left tackle spot, Dombrowski will have to beat out Mario Henderson for the No. 3 tackle job this summer.
    Contract issue looming in 2013: Both of the San Diego Chargers starting cornerbacks -- Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason -- will be unrestricted free agents after this season. Jammer turned 33 last month, so it's fair to assume that retaining Cason will be the higher priority, with the former Arizona standout and 2011 early-round picks in Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright forming a young, talented trio. Projected starting guards Tyronne Greene and Louis Vasquez will also be unrestricted free agents.
    I've heard some rumblings that Lilja (KC) might become available. Could be worth a look if cheap .... not sold on Greene yet.
    Pointy, that was your cue. ;)
     
  2. Blue Bolt

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    Phillips a "camp casualty"? :rolleyes:......... really, these guys are a bit too hung up on dollars. Barring unforeseen injury, Phillips is the day one starter opposite Johnson. He'll play out his contract for sure.

    Dombrowski is the most likely casualty...... he's been hurt and unable to practice, and his play has been spotty. The guy looked like a good developmental player early on, but he's plateaued. If Henderson comes on, and Schilling keeps improving, then Dombrowski may be on the outs.
     
  3. Ikeman83

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    I think that this is basically an audition season for Cason and Gilchrist. If they play well, then Cason will be extended and they'll be our starting corners next season, with Jammer's contract allowed to expire. I seriously doubt that any of our OLBs with pass rush skills will be camp casualties. The only potential camp casualty in the bunch is English if he hurts himself or simply looks awful.
     
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    AnteaterCharger Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    You have to imagine some money as a camp casualty will come from releasing either Novak or Kaeding
     
  5. Ikeman83

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    What are their "cut" numbers for this year? One of them is gone, but the question is whether or not there is a financial benefit to letting one or the other go, or whether they'll be retained or released based on roster number factors.
     
  6. Blue Bolt

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    I'm praying for Novak to kick Nate's *** out of town. :D

    :abq2:
     
  7. Buck Melanoma

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    In a playoff situation? ;)
     
  8. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    It's always got to be about the almighty Buck? No not you Buck, the other buck. Oh hell, forget it.
     
  9. Buck Melanoma

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    I understood you. No one ever refers to me as the almighty.

    Omnipotent/omniscient, perhaps. :whistling:
     

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