Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports that the Chargers and impending free agent ILB Donald Butler have resumed contract discussions.
The two sides have been discussing a possible deal for some time now, but talks did stall towards the end of the season. Chargers GM Tom Telesco mentioned that he expected the two sides to resume discussions following the Super Bowl.
The real problem for San Diego is their lack of cap space. As things stand right now, the Chargers are projected to be close to the cap, so they’ll need to free up some additional space in order to address players like Butler while also looking for upgrades in free agency.
Williams lists G Jeromey Clary, WR Eddie Royal and FB Le’Ron McClain as potential roster cuts and mentions that the Chargers could approach QB Philip Rivers and S Eric Weddle about restructuring their contracts.
Butler, 25, totaled 84 tackles, a half sack, one interception and a forced fumble for the Chargers defense in 2013. We have him currently listed as the No. 73 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.