Travis Benjamin’s roster spot is reportedly safe for 2019.
The speedy wideout and the Chargers agreed to a one-year extension that runs through the 2020 season, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Tuesday. The new deal will benefit both sides, according to Yates.
Benjamin will get a $3 million signing bonus, but his base salary for 2019 drops from $5.25 million to $1 million, which will create $2.75 million in cap space for the Chargers. By making this accommodation, Benjamin’s 2019 roster spot is secured and he will receive $3 million guaranteed. The final year on Benjamin’s four-year contract was non-guaranteed.
Heading into the offseason, Benjamin was viewed as a potential cap casualty. The Chargers would have saved $5.25 million in cap space and $1.25 million in dead money if Benjamin were cut before June 1.
Now, the Chargers won’t have to go that route and can retain their deep threat, a position of need after Tyrell Williams left in free agency to join the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers will trot out a strong receiving trio of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Benjamin.
Benjamin is coming off a down season in which he missed six games because of injury and recorded only 12 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers, however, have seen what Benjamin is capable of when healthy and decided to roll the dice on him while creating cap flexibility.
Before Benjamin’s reworked deal, the Chargers had $10.25 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.com.
The Chargers had to sit out the free-agency frenzy in March because of cap space. They’ll now have a little extra if they wish to spend on lingering free agents or players cut in the coming months.
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