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5 San Diego Chargers Who Must Be Kicked To The Curb Before Free Agency

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5 San Diego Chargers Who Must Be Kicked to the Curb Before Free Agency

5 San Diego Chargers Who Must Be Kicked to the Curb Before Free Agency
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The NFL recently announced that the league’s salary cap for 2014 would jump from $123 million to $130 million. The new, larger number greatly benefits the San Diego Chargers as they were already going to being over the projected $126-$128 million cap for the 2014 season.

I’ve written about some possible moves for the Chargers as well as their recent finds in unexpected areas, but it’s all echoing the same sentiment: be smarter with the money.

The Chargers primarily have personnel issues on the defensive side of the ball, which has been exploited by much of the league from the Tennessee Titans to the Denver Broncos. Eric Weddle is their anchor, and his solid play led him to a Pro Bowl appearance this year. Signing Donald Butler would solidify the linebackers’ play overall too. The biggest bust, of course, was Derek Cox and his four-year contract to sit on the bench.

Free agency begins on March 11, but the NFL combine in Indianapolis occurs this weekend and Tom Telesco has a lot to evaluate. Telesco has to feel like he’s going into Target -- go in for a few things, leave with a cart full of stuff. The seven draft picks have to be golden and productive to ease the idea of signing new free agents.

Because they have over 15 free agents, the Chargers have a lot of options on their roster. They could find more undrafted free agents or trade picks. There’s much that Telesco can do, but here are five semi-obvious current Chargers he has to get rid off.

Erwin Mendoza is a San Diego Chargers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @erwinsports, or add him to your network on Google.

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5. John Phillips

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The true blocking tight end. He had signed a three-year deal in 2013, but what’s the point? The team should find a cheaper alternative.

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4. Seyi Ajirotutu

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His best days are behind him, and he is fit for a Norv Turner system -- not Mike McCoy's.

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3. Danario Alexander

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Surgery again? Pass.

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2. Eddie Royal

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Cutting Royal frees $4.5 million in cap space, and they need a better KR/PR anyway.

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1. Derek Cox

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Too easy. He's gone.