An Anthony Garay release seems very close for the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers will likely release Garay to save money, as the veteran might have a bigger cap hit than the team would like. According to a report from Thursday (Feb. 28), Garay would make a salary of $3.5 million in the 2013 NFL season and would achieve a $1.5 million roster bonus if he were to remain on the team.
As the Chargers look to save some money for next season, cutting the veteran defensive tackle might make sense. The 33-year-old appeared in eight games during the 2012 NFL season, recording just one sack and 16 tackles during his time on the field. While the Chargers certainly aren't desperate to save money at this early point, taking $5 million off the books will help when free agency opens.
The release of Antonio Garay seems like a straight-forward business decision in the world of football, especially because the league still does not guarantee all contracts. While it's easy to feel bad for Garay in this instance, the San Diego Chargers are simply trying to find ways to improve the roster and get back into the playoffs. The AFC West got much tougher and playing .500 football isn't going to cut it any longer.
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