The left tackle's Wednesday release came with a June 1 designation...The base salary is removed from the books, meaning Gaither will cost only $2 million against the 2013 salary cap. In 2014, the remaining $4 million of Gaither's prorated bonus will count in dead money...Gaither would have cost $6 million in dead money in 2013 without the June 1 designation.
With free agency more than a week old, there have been numerous changes to the Chargers' roster. John Gennaro of Bolts from the Blue sums up who San Diego was able to add, who they had to let go, and explains the reasoning behind new general manager Tom Telesco's moves.
The period to designate impending free agents with the franchise tag has come and gone with eight teams deciding to use the tag (down from 21 last year). The players designated are OTs Ryan Clady (Denver) and Branden Albert (Kansas City), DTs Randy Starks (Miami) and Henry Melton (Chicago), DE Michael Johnson (Cincinnati), LB Anthony Spencer (Dallas), S Jairus Byrd (Buffalo), and P Pat McAfee (Indianapolis). Brad Wells of SB Nation breaks down what it all means and examines key players who were able to avoid the tag, enabling them to shop their services on the open market next week.