Morning Links: Chargers and the salary cap

February, 14, 2014
Feb 14
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ESPN's Kevin Seifert examines the salary-cap issues for all 32 teams heading into free agency next month. According to Seifert, the Chargers have 59 players under contract and are projected to carry a little over $2.3 million in cap space from the 2013 season.

Per Seifert, the Chargers are No. 17 in the NFL in terms of cap space at $130.5 million. The bottom line is San Diego has room to sign its own key free agents, along with the team’s draft picks in 2014.

San Diego also could target some mid-level free agents in March, but I don’t expect the Chargers to be major players in free agency.

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, Tom Gower of Football Outsiders identifies cornerback as the primary need for the Chargers heading into free agency and the draft.

I talked with Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra Sports 1360 AM about the Chargers’ draft needs in this audio link .

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com places San Diego receiver Keenan Allen on his All-Under-25 team.

According to Pro Football Focus, Philip Rivers was one of the most accurate passers under pressure.

Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated watched 12 college games of Missouri edge rusher Michael Sam to evaluate him as a football player. Bedard says that Sam is limited athletically, benefitted from playing on a talented defense, and might struggle finding his niche in the NFL.

NFL investigator Ted Wells released his report on the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal Friday. Wells concluded that Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.

Check out the full report here.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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