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Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) runs in for a touchdown as the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams (26) defends during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Eddie Royal likely to remain with San Diego Chargers

Although Eddie Royal is a potential cap casualty candidate, it appears the veteran wide receiver will likely be sticking on the San Diego Chargers roster for the 2014 season – this according to ESPN.com.

Royal is due a hefty $4.5 million dollars next season, but the Chargers are extremely thin at wideout and given a questionable free agent market, it’s likely the Chargers will keep Royal on the roster.

Royal makes $4.5 million in base salary in 2014, so he could be a possible salary-cap casualty. But Royal gamely played with turf toe for most of the season, can return punts and still is a productive player. Royal turns 28 years old in May.

Keeping Royal also insures San Diego of having a slot receiver, something they lack given Keenan Allen is more of a deep threat and Malcom Floyd‘s career could be on the bubble after a devastating injury.

Expect the Chargers to sign a free agent or two and add a wideout via the draft, but it looks like Royal’s spot with the team will be secure moving forward.

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