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I generally agree with your post, but it's incorrect to say Rivers "struggled" through 2010 without Jackson. Rivers led the NFL in passing yards and threw 30 TDs in 2010.

I was being sarcastic.

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I generally agree with your post, but it's incorrect to say Rivers "struggled" through 2010 without Jackson. Rivers led the NFL in passing yards and threw 30 TDs in 2010.

I was being sarcastic.
No but Rivers had a 100% Gates through 10 games and the duo was unstopable in 2010 durin that run. In 2011 not so much. regression to the mean?

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So with th Mario Williams rumors, makes me wonder if they are going to switch to a 4/3? Isnt mario more of a 4/3 end than a 3/4 Lb? Wimbley might be a better fit, but I dont think he's that good either. Unusually move for AJ but clearly if they dont make the playoffs this year, Norv & AJ are gone.

Mario was doing well with the transition to 3-4 OLB before getting hurt. Seems he can play both 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB. Would allow SD to give some different looks up front...

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I tend to agree that they need to let Jackson go and spend that money elsewhere: offensive line should be first priority, but pass rush and cornerback are also big needs.

Any possibility of A.J. actually signing some impact free agents this offseason?

Impact free agents, yeah, sure. He's got four more employees working on it. He's got 'em working in shifts!
I fear you're right, but I hope you're wrong. I do think that AJ realizes more than ever that his job(or maybe his next job) is hanging in the balance at this point. He certainly shouldn't be in build-through-the-draft mode. You would THINK that he'd be more interested in signing guys that can step in and contribute from day one.

A perfect example would be guys like Demorrio Williams or Hines Ward that didn't really play terrible... they just had their starting spots eaten up by very, very talented younger players playing behind them making their salary expendable. Guys like Williams and Ward would be very cheap to add and could contribute right away. At the price they'll get signed it won't even be a big deal if they don't work out and you end up cutting them.

So far so good...

"Chargers | Demorrio Williams signed Thu Mar 8, 02:27 PM

The San Diego Chargers have signed free-agent LB Demorrio Williams (Chiefs). Terms of the contract were not disclosed."

... I'm not saying I'm penciling Williams in as a pro-bowl starter, just that these are the type of guys that build depth and could quite possibly step in as solid starters.

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I generally agree with your post, but it's incorrect to say Rivers "struggled" through 2010 without Jackson. Rivers led the NFL in passing yards and threw 30 TDs in 2010.

I was being sarcastic.
No but Rivers had a 100% Gates through 10 games and the duo was unstopable in 2010 durin that run. In 2011 not so much. regression to the mean?
I'm sorry... I'm not following. Regression to the mean by which player?

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Don't even know why I put myself through this torture since it won't happen, but I'd love to see Mario Williams in blue and gold. He's exactly what we need IMO, and we can stop wasting picks on DEs and use them on OL.

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Don't even know why I put myself through this torture since it won't happen, but I'd love to see Mario Williams in blue and gold. He's exactly what we need IMO, and we can stop wasting picks on DEs and use them on OL.

Well AJ has a price in mind and if thats the best the market bares for Mario, he will be here. I doubt he stays healthy though regardless of where he goes

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Don't even know why I put myself through this torture since it won't happen, but I'd love to see Mario Williams in blue and gold. He's exactly what we need IMO, and we can stop wasting picks on DEs and use them on OL.

Well AJ has a price in mind and if thats the best the market bares for Mario, he will be here. I doubt he stays healthy though regardless of where he goes
It doesn't seem to me that setting a specific price you're willing to pay and letting other teams outbid you is a good negotiating tactic.On the other hand, it's a good way to make the fan base think you would actually sign a big time free agent.

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It doesn't seem to me that setting a specific price you're willing to pay and letting other teams outbid you is a good negotiating tactic.

I think it's essential. AJ isn't saying that he's going to truthfully tell anybody what his maximum price is. But he's got to have a maximum price in mind before he starts making offers and counter-offers.

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Interesting article discussing the SD salary cap situation...

http://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/2012/3/12/2864738/san-diego-chargers-salary-cap-fun?ref=yahoo

It actually paints a pretty bright picture, assuming they release McNeil. Still, I know I sound like a broken record, here is the SD starting OL as of now...

LT - Dombroski(Shouldn't make the team as he simply can't pass block. At all.)

LG - Green(Awful, shouldn't even be in the league.)

C - Baxter(He's better than Green, if for no other reason because he hasn't had as much playing time to prove that he's horrible.)

RG - Vasquez(I guess he's the "stud" on the OL by default. I'd like to see him stay as the backup guard in an ideal world.)

RT - Clary(He's not good but I wouldn't mind him sticking around as a backup OT.)

... if they keep this group, or even most of this group, then they may as well just go out and sign 2-3 top FA QB's because nobody is going to survive a season behind them.

FA T's

Gaither - If they can't convince Gaither to stay it will be a major blow. The only OLman that looked any good last year imo. I'd overpay him if they have to.

McKenzie - Solid if unspectacular. A little older and definite stop-gap but still an improvement imo. Giants have said they aren't bringing him back. Value play due to age.

Bell - Plays well when he's healthy, but he's not always healthy. Again, big improvement. Value play due to injury history.

FA G's

Nicks - Forget it. He'll get paid like a tackle and SD has too many holes to fill with a single great player.

Grubbs - This is the guy I really hope they sign. Pro-Bowl talent that won't be cheap but should be a lot cheaper than Nicks.

Brisiel - HOU trying to chase Manning, keep Williams and others. A tough/physical mentality SD desperately needs.

Mathis - A little older but so much better than what they currently have. If the price is right...

FA C's (So many people say they need to bring back Hardwick, why not improve the position?)

Myers - Again, HOU has big targets on its radar and it seems to me a few guys may slip through their fingers due to cap constraints.

Wells - Better than Hardwick as an anchor of an OL that doesn't stink.

Saturday - This would probably require a mid round pick to groom as his eventual replacement. Seems like the perfect player to coach a younger player, possibly sharing the position as the season progresses. Might be a bonus if you lay the groundwork if Saturday someday wants to be an OL coach.

FA WR's (Any value guys from this list, there are so many on the market)

Robinson - Norv is already a fan, wanted to keep him last year. I think he could come close to matching VJ's numbers as a full time starter. Almost equaled VJ's production as a part time starter in DAL last season.

Meacham - NO is in salary cap hell right now and they have so many higher FA priorities right now. He has the size and speed AJ typically likes.

Morgan - SF just signed Moss and Morgan has never had a chance to be a part of an offense like the one in SD. Seems to perpetually on the "sleeper" list but the stars might just align if you plug him into the VJ spot in the SD offense. Low risk/high reward type play.

Garcon - Seems like the type of guy that thinks he's going to sign a huge contract but there are a bunch of WR's out there.

Wayne - Everyone just assumes he'll follow Manning wherever he ends up, but I'm not sure why.

FA TE's (Gates will miss a few games and another pass catching TE to team with a cheap WR would replace VJ just fine)

Carlson/Davis/Clark/Shockey/Bennett/Shiancoe - None of these guys are going to break the bank and they all have proven to be capable receivers.

FA Special Teams

Ginn - Double duty as a returner and a backup WR. Wouldn't cost much.

Bush - Would help the ST coverage and can contribute as a dime/nickel back.

FA DL

Williams - Too fragile, too many holes to spend that much $ on one guy.

Soliai - Much like the Hardwick situation, why bring back Garay who anchored a disappointing line last year? Why not improve the position on the unit you are trying to improve?

Abraham - Getting up there in age so might be affordable. Ideally, you would rotate him depending on the situation with a guy like Red Bryant. I'd be willing to bet that Soliai/Abraham/Bryant all combine for a much smaller contract than Mario Williams will sign.

FA LB

Maybin - Probably not worth the pick but he's exactly the type of player they need to create big plays.

Lofton - Tatupu signing means ATL won't work on bringing him back? Versatile talent with sideline to sideline pursuit.

Wimbley - You hear different rumors about how much interest there actually is in this guy. If the price is right they could certainly use another pass rusher.

FA DB

Marshall - Solid at both CB and S. Pushes Cason back to nickle back until there's an injury.

Kind of like WR, there are ton of guys out there that could push for a starting job in SD. Not all of them are going to sign for big contracts. Just find a cheap vet looking to earn his next contract.

I'm not saying they need to sign ALL these guys, just pointing out that there are plenty of FA's on the market that won't cost a kings ransom and could contribute a great deal to the Chargers next season. AJ built this mess to some degree, and there's definitely an opportunity for him to address the many needs this team has in a single off season.

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Pro Football Weekly ‏

Per his agent @AlvinKeels, OT Marcus McNeill will be cut by the #Chargers this afternoon in time for the start of free agency.

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It doesn't seem to me that setting a specific price you're willing to pay and letting other teams outbid you is a good negotiating tactic.

I think it's essential. AJ isn't saying that he's going to truthfully tell anybody what his maximum price is. But he's got to have a maximum price in mind before he starts making offers and counter-offers.
In poker you don't want people to know you have a limit you're willing to bet. If others players know you won't go all in you're at a disadvantage.

It's also not a good signal to Mario who's going think the Chargers aren't really that interested. Peyton probably won't sign with the Titans but Bud Adams is making very clear he's wanted there.

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Interesting article discussing the SD salary cap situation...http://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/2012/3/12/2864738/san-diego-chargers-salary-cap-fun?ref=yahooIt actually paints a pretty bright picture, assuming they release McNeil. Still, I know I sound like a broken record, here is the SD starting OL as of now...LT - Dombroski(Shouldn't make the team as he simply can't pass block. At all.)LG - Green(Awful, shouldn't even be in the league.)C - Baxter(He's better than Green, if for no other reason because he hasn't had as much playing time to prove that he's horrible.)RG - Vasquez(I guess he's the "stud" on the OL by default. I'd like to see him stay as the backup guard in an ideal world.)RT - Clary(He's not good but I wouldn't mind him sticking around as a backup OT.)... if they keep this group, or even most of this group, then they may as well just go out and sign 2-3 top FA QB's because nobody is going to survive a season behind them.FA T'sGaither - If they can't convince Gaither to stay it will be a major blow. The only OLman that looked any good last year imo. I'd overpay him if they have to.McKenzie - Solid if unspectacular. A little older and definite stop-gap but still an improvement imo. Giants have said they aren't bringing him back. Value play due to age.Bell - Plays well when he's healthy, but he's not always healthy. Again, big improvement. Value play due to injury history.FA G'sNicks - Forget it. He'll get paid like a tackle and SD has too many holes to fill with a single great player.Grubbs - This is the guy I really hope they sign. Pro-Bowl talent that won't be cheap but should be a lot cheaper than Nicks.Brisiel - HOU trying to chase Manning, keep Williams and others. A tough/physical mentality SD desperately needs.Mathis - A little older but so much better than what they currently have. If the price is right...FA C's (So many people say they need to bring back Hardwick, why not improve the position?)Myers - Again, HOU has big targets on its radar and it seems to me a few guys may slip through their fingers due to cap constraints.Wells - Better than Hardwick as an anchor of an OL that doesn't stink.Saturday - This would probably require a mid round pick to groom as his eventual replacement. Seems like the perfect player to coach a younger player, possibly sharing the position as the season progresses. Might be a bonus if you lay the groundwork if Saturday someday wants to be an OL coach.FA WR's (Any value guys from this list, there are so many on the market)Robinson - Norv is already a fan, wanted to keep him last year. I think he could come close to matching VJ's numbers as a full time starter. Almost equaled VJ's production as a part time starter in DAL last season.Meacham - NO is in salary cap hell right now and they have so many higher FA priorities right now. He has the size and speed AJ typically likes.Morgan - SF just signed Moss and Morgan has never had a chance to be a part of an offense like the one in SD. Seems to perpetually on the "sleeper" list but the stars might just align if you plug him into the VJ spot in the SD offense. Low risk/high reward type play.Garcon - Seems like the type of guy that thinks he's going to sign a huge contract but there are a bunch of WR's out there. Wayne - Everyone just assumes he'll follow Manning wherever he ends up, but I'm not sure why.FA TE's (Gates will miss a few games and another pass catching TE to team with a cheap WR would replace VJ just fine)Carlson/Davis/Clark/Shockey/Bennett/Shiancoe - None of these guys are going to break the bank and they all have proven to be capable receivers.FA Special TeamsGinn - Double duty as a returner and a backup WR. Wouldn't cost much.Bush - Would help the ST coverage and can contribute as a dime/nickel back.FA DLWilliams - Too fragile, too many holes to spend that much $ on one guy.Soliai - Much like the Hardwick situation, why bring back Garay who anchored a disappointing line last year? Why not improve the position on the unit you are trying to improve?Abraham - Getting up there in age so might be affordable. Ideally, you would rotate him depending on the situation with a guy like Red Bryant. I'd be willing to bet that Soliai/Abraham/Bryant all combine for a much smaller contract than Mario Williams will sign.FA LBMaybin - Probably not worth the pick but he's exactly the type of player they need to create big plays.Lofton - Tatupu signing means ATL won't work on bringing him back? Versatile talent with sideline to sideline pursuit.Wimbley - You hear different rumors about how much interest there actually is in this guy. If the price is right they could certainly use another pass rusher.FA DBMarshall - Solid at both CB and S. Pushes Cason back to nickle back until there's an injury.Kind of like WR, there are ton of guys out there that could push for a starting job in SD. Not all of them are going to sign for big contracts. Just find a cheap vet looking to earn his next contract.I'm not saying they need to sign ALL these guys, just pointing out that there are plenty of FA's on the market that won't cost a kings ransom and could contribute a great deal to the Chargers next season. AJ built this mess to some degree, and there's definitely an opportunity for him to address the many needs this team has in a single off season.

Well Nick Hardwick is the starting Center, and he just re-signed

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Well Nick Hardwick is the starting Center, and he just re-signed

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They've got to be working on Gaither right now.

As a footnote they're letting Kevin Walters go - the guy they kept at the end of last preseason instead of Laurent Robinson. :hot:

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released dante hughes, save $1.5m in cap

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Acee reporting VJax to Tampa.

I liked his work ethic and think the "head case" label was way overblown, but Rivers is the playmaker in this offense, not Jackson. It's not like he was taking 8 yard slants and breaking tackles to go the distance.

He'll be missed, but I'd rather use that $ elsewhere.

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I'm shocked the Chargers didn't get Mario. Shocked.

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I'm shocked the Chargers didn't get Mario. Shocked.

The way to win is by building through the draft, signing players that are injury-prone, and not re-signing players that we already have. Just look how many trophies we have!!!

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Not happy with free agency so far....at least we got Dumbrowski......:Riverswillgetdestroyed:

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Not happy with free agency so far....at least we got Dumbrowski......:Riverswillgetdestroyed:

Completely agree.Josh Morgan to WAS for 5yr/$12mil? I would have loved to see him signed in SD at that price.

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SD reportedly talking to Meacham and Laurent "should have kept him last season" Robinson. Neither will replace VJax.... soon we will rival Washington as the best WR corp in the NFL

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The search for the next Wes Chandler begins...

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SD reportedly talking to Meacham and Laurent "should have kept him last season" Robinson. Neither will replace VJax.... soon we will rival Washington as the best WR corp in the NFL

VJax is talented but so over-rated it's not even funny. Meachem is not as good but he'll be the deep threat the team needs and comes at a reasonable price.

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The search for the next Wes Chandler begins...

And just as before, the search ends by signing a guy from the Saints. Let's hope history continues to repeat itself and Meacham can fill in as well as Chandler did. He's seemed a bit brittle so far in his NFL career. Have to like spending $12M less guaranteed, $29M less overall and 1 less year though.

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Jared Gaither re-signed Wed Mar 14, 12:41 PM

The San Diego Chargers have re-signed free-agent OT Jared Gaither to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Chargers | Le'Ron McClain to sign three-year deal Wed Mar 14, 07:20 PM

The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with free-agent FB Le'Ron McClain (Ravens) Wednesday, March 14, on a three-year deal, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Our view: McClain will take the place of Mike Tolbert on the Chargers roster. He shouldn't get as many carries or receptions as Tolbert, so that extra production could go to Ryan Mathews.

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Now, how to replace Dielman...

Eric Steinbach?

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I'm reading McClain is taking Hester's job. They might get Hester back just for special teams if he doesn't land somewhere else. The door isn't closed on Tolbert, the Chargers still need a backup tailback.

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Now, how to replace Dielman...

Eric Steinbach?
How damaged is he?

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I will say this. A.J. has been very active very early this season. It's a refreshing change.

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Now, how to replace Dielman...

Eric Steinbach?
How damaged is he?
No idea, but he did have back surgery to fix a disc in August last year so he's had a lot of time to recover. The Browns apparently wanted to keep him but he chose to become a free agent rather take a pay cut.

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I will say this. A.J. has been very active very early this season. It's a refreshing change.

Yes, and these are all very good signings so far.

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I'm reading McClain is taking Hester's job. They might get Hester back just for special teams if he doesn't land somewhere else. The door isn't closed on Tolbert, the Chargers still need a backup tailback.

That would make sense. I can see the Chargers drafting a backup RB rather than over-paying for Tolbert though.

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Green is penciled in to be the starter. He played well at the end of the year replacing Dielman and worked well with Gaither. The team said he'll get penciled in at starting LG. I'm sure there will be a rookie drafted to backup and compete though.

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-0.5: Did you really need to make that move?Jarret Johnson to SD: There isn’t a linebacker in the league who sets the edge as well as Johnson. But the Chargers didn’t need a guy to do that, they needed an outside linebacker who could get to the passer. Johnson is not the guy and struggled so much to get pressure the Ravens got him off the field in obvious passing situations. Great player, but this one doesn’t match up.

Thoughts?

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-0.5: Did you really need to make that move?Jarret Johnson to SD: There isn’t a linebacker in the league who sets the edge as well as Johnson. But the Chargers didn’t need a guy to do that, they needed an outside linebacker who could get to the passer. Johnson is not the guy and struggled so much to get pressure the Ravens got him off the field in obvious passing situations. Great player, but this one doesn’t match up.

Thoughts?
He is pretty old too, just s depth move IMO. But if he can tackle, then he's better than what they got

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