San Diego,CA- With free-a agency beginning tomorrow and the Chargers expected to be active in the free-agent market, the Chargers helped their ability to do so Monday afternoon as according to UT-San Diego’s Michael Gehlken is reporting that the San Diego Chargers have restructured Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson’s contract.
Johnson was due to earn $4 million next season and now with the restructured contract will make $1 million next season with a $2 million dollar signing bonus. Johnson’s restructured contract saves the Chargers $1 Million in Salary cap space.
Coming into the off-season it was expected that the Chargers would need to restructure the contracts of Eddie Royal, Jarrett Johnson and Jeromey Clary or else the Chargers would have to release them in order to take care of the teams needs this off-season.
The restructuring of Johnson’s contract is now the second contract the Chargers have restructured this off-season. The previous being wide receiver Eddie Royal this month, allowing the Chargers to save an additional $1 million dollars in salary cap space.
The last remaining contact that needs to be restructured is offensive lineman Jeromey Clary. Clary is set to make $4.55 million next season in the final year of his four year contract with a cap hit of $6.25 million dollars. If the Chargers are unable to restructure Clary’s contract, the team may need to release the veteran offensive lineman. While Clary was an important piece on the offensive line for the Chargers last season with his ability to play both tackle and guard positions and was crucial to the depth of the offensive-line when its starters went down throughout the season. The Chargers just have too many pressing needs they need to address this off-season to keep Clary at his current salary.