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Chargers release WR Mike Williams ahead of new league year – NBC Los Angeles

A high-profile target hit the open market in Los Angeles Chargers costs.

The team announcement On Wednesday, he released receiver Mike Williams.

Los Angeles was way above the league salary cap of $255.4 million entering on Wednesday and had to get going before the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. By releasing Williams, the team will save $20 million against the cap and have $12.46 million in dead money, according to Over the hood.

Williams has been with the Chargers since the team selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Over seven seasons, he totaled 309 receptions for 4,806 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was limited to just three games in 2023 after suffering a torn ACL against the Minnesota Vikings in September.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Chargers hope to bring Williams back, but for now, the 29-year-old joins Calvin Ridley and Marquise Brown as best wide receivers available from Wednesday noon. Williams is under contract through 2024 and is expected to become a free agent next offseason.

In another cap-related decision, star pass rusher Khalil Mack agreed to restructure his contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

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