- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Most recent salary cap availability: $15.7 million.
How can they get more cap room: The Chargers' biggest issue revolves around the contract of running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The team is working on trying to come to an agreement on a restructured deal with Tomlinson that will keep him in San Diego. If Tomlinson, who has already said he is open to redoing his deal, balks, the Chargers will likely cut him. He is due more than $8 million this season. The Chargers should be able to get Tomlinson redone and then likely put the franchise tag on running back/return man Darren Sproles and try to work on a long-term deal with star quarterback Philip Rivers who is a free agent after next season. There will not be a lot of room left but a new deal for Tomlinson coupled with a few minor veteran tweaks could give the Chargers plenty of room they need. Safety Clinton Hart could be a candidate to be cut. The Chargers may add a couple of reasonably priced veteran free agents.
Biggest free agency needs: Linebacker, safety, defensive line, guard, running back.
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