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Royal, Chargers Restructure Contract

WR Will Stick Around for 2014

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 29: Wide receiver Eddie Royal #11 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after scoring on a six yard touchdown pass play in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on December 29, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal is the kind of guy a quarterback loves to have around. In 2013, Royal caught 69 percent of the the passes Philip Rivers threw at him.

    Only eight wideouts in the NFL were more efficient, so it will be nice to have that kind of offensive reliability back for 2014.

    Royal and the Chargers agreed to a restructured contract on Monday. Financial terms are not yet available, but it will be a reduction in the previous $6 million salary cap number.

    Needing to trim payroll, the Bolts were looking at the possibility of having to release Royal, who set a career-high with eight touchdown catches despite dealing with foot injuries and missing four games.

    The Chargers will likely seek to re-work the contracts of a few other players, as well. Jeromey Clary and Antonio Gates are potential candidates.