Good Morning. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the NFL is projected to raise its salary cap to about $130 million, up about 5 percent from $123 million last year.
That number is higher than the $126 to $128 million salary-cap specialists had projected for the 2014 season. The higher number should help teams like the San Diego Chargers, who are projected to be tight against the cap heading into the new league year.
The Chargers are projected at No. 17 in the NFL in terms of cap space at $130.5 million.
ESPN has several reporters at the combine in Indianapolis contributing to a live blog, which you can check out here.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports that receiver Danario Alexander has had further complications from a ACL surgery on his right knee last August, requiring more surgeries and making it less likely he will play in 2014. Alexander is to become a free agent in March, and likely will not return to the Chargers for the upcoming season.
Chris Wesserling of NFL.com writes that receiver Eddie Royal could be a surprise cut for the Chargers because of his $6 million salary-cap number in 2014.
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego talks with ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., who says he’s skeptical about San Diego’s ability to duplicate the success Seattle had putting together a dominant, bigger secondary.
Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post evaluates two players I believe would be good fits in San Diego, Washington running back Bishop Sankey and BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Ricky Henne and Jordan Beane of Chargers.com give us a combine primer in this video link.