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Keenan Allen trade with the Los Angeles Chargers: A difficult choice makes room for a bold 10-player free agency rebuild

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Were Los Angeles Chargers supporters left with a bitter taste in their mouths after the Keenan Allen trade? Of course. Was it well-liked? Not at all. However, one Chargers expert points out that releasing themselves from Allen’s $34.7 million salary cost opens the door for filling roster needs throughout the whole depth chart now that the dust has cleared after free agency and the draft.

The Chargers Unleashed podcast host, Dan Wolkenstein, notes that the cap hits of the team’s entire free-agent haul for 2024 are lower than what Allen’s would have been in the event of a reorganization. He would have made up almost 13% of the team’s overall cap.

Ten new players that address some of the team’s most critical needs are included in this list, along with the resignation of four highly needed free agents.

These are the 14 players’ cap hits as supplied by Over The Cap, with the exception of DJ Chark, whose contract specifics are yet unknown. His cap hit will be far lower than that because his one-year agreement is worth up to $5 million.
The Chargers Unleashed podcast host, Dan Wolkenstein, notes that the cap hits of the team’s entire free-agent haul for 2024 are lower than what Allen’s would have been in the event of a reorganization. He would have made up almost 13% of the team’s overall cap.

Even with Chark’s impending cap hit, the Chargers cleared Allen’s cap hit by more than $10 million, which leaves them with $30 million to work with for other additions and to sign their rookie class. The Allen move was certainly a bold and unpopular one, but it has allowed the Chargers to field a more complete team in the long run, with room to bring more players on.

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