Chargers’ GM assured salary-cap area was used on ‘proper guys’

The Chargers open the season Sunday in opposition to Las Vegas at SoFi Stadium, formally ending an offseason of spectacular spending.

Together with the extensions for security Derwin James Jr. and large receiver Mike Williams, the crew invested as much as $284.2 million in new contracts, with $158.3 million absolutely assured.

(The Chargers additionally traded for Khalil Mack and transformed $13.5 million of his 2018 extension with Chicago right into a signing bonus.)

“We had so much cap space,” normal supervisor Tom Telesco mentioned. “We didn’t want to just let it sit there unused.”

Telesco met with reporters Monday for an “on-the-record” session because the Chargers kicked off Week 1.

After the crew struggled final yr stopping the run and holding on third down, Telesco and coach Brandon Staley got down to rebuild the protection.

Of the cash spent on new offers, $202.3 million complete and $108.2 million absolutely assured went to that aspect of the ball.

“You got to make sure you spend it on the right guys, which I think we did,” Telesco mentioned. “It kind of lined up — thank God — that we had a good amount of space to use, and we had a defense that really had to kind of get turned over a little bit to make sure guys were fitting what we’re going to do.”

The Chargers additionally had elevated area and adaptability with franchise quarterback Justin Herbert nonetheless on his rookie contract. Herbert is eligible for an extension after this season.

Telesco is coming into his tenth yr because the Chargers’ normal supervisor. His groups have gone 69-76 general within the common season and 2-2 within the playoffs, advancing within the 2013 and 2018 seasons.

Requested Monday what he thought-about to be the “ultimate measure of a GM,” Telesco mentioned: “Just wins and losses. I guess that keeps it simple, right? There’s no other way to measure it.”

He was then requested whether or not he has checked his personal file.

“Maybe I should look it up,” Telesco mentioned, laughing. “But, ultimately, that’s what you’re responsible for. That’s how we’re measured.”

Given the latest spending and the presence of an offense that was within the prime 5 within the NFL a yr in the past, the Chargers are extensively thought-about stable playoff contenders coming into 2022.

Telesco dismissed the suggestion that he must be feeling further stress.

“Every year’s a different year, and every year the expectations are the same,” he mentioned. “It’s a pressurized job no matter what. … I wouldn’t call it any extra this year. I’ve wanted to win every single year.”

He additionally mentioned having to achieve an even bigger market like Los Angeles isn’t any extra of a burden than when the Chargers have been in San Diego.

“We could be in Omaha, Nebraska,” Telesco mentioned. “We’re paid to win. We’re not paid to just participate. That’s our job, just to win.”