Last week, Chargers guard Jeromey Clary was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he recovers from shoulder and hip surgery. Johnnie Troutman and rookie Chris Watt have seen time at the line during training camp.
Clary was set to make $4.55 million in the final year of his contract. His base salary was the fourth-highest among the team, and eighth-highest among guards in the league.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports the veteran guard agreed to the cut last week, reducing his base salary from $4.55 million to $1.6 million.
“The new salary is fully guaranteed and adds $2.95 million in cap space. Those extra funds are expected to be stored in a reserve budget the team needs for roster maintenance over the course of a season.”
“San Diego now has about $4.2 million in cap room.”
The Kansas State product was drafted in 2006 and is entering his ninth season with the Chargers. He is the second-longest tenured player on the team’s offensive line after center Nick Hardwick.
Last season the Chargers used seven different starting offensive line combinations, which included playing five different players at left tackle. Clary played an integral role on the versatility of the offensive line and also served as a mentor to right tackle D.J. Fluker. The line allowed the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL and did a nice job protecting Philip Rivers.
It’s expected Clary will make his return by September. This is his final season with the team.
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