Chargers change up Rivers' contract

September, 6, 2013
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The San Diego Chargers are opening up some salary-cap room, most likely in an attempt to secure outstanding inside linebacker Donald Butler.

The Chargers moved around the contract of quarterback Philip Rivers to clear some room. U-T San Diego reported the Chargers created about $3.3 million cap space while re-doing Rivers’ deal, which moves $5 million from salary to bonus. In the grand scheme, it means nothing to Rivers, but it does help with the cap. These types of deals are common in the NFL.

San Diego has had preliminary talks with Butler, and securing him to a long-term deal must be done. He is the glue to a young, promising defense. If he gets to the open market, Butler will be very popular. However, this Rivers news may mean Butler won’t get to the open market.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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