Dec 5, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle Jared Gaither (78) during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Chargers defeated the Jaguars 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers Scheduled To Speak With Jared Gaither This Week

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The San Diego Chargers are going to begin contract talks this week with Jared Gaither. Free agency starts on March 13th and AJ will try to get him locked up before he is able to test out the market.

Here is the report from Aaron Wilson off of Scout.com:

The San Diego Chargers and free agent offensive tackle Jared Gaither are scheduled to talk this week, according to his agent, Kevin Pompey. The Chargers have indicated interest in having Gaither back, but no deal is imminent. “We’re very happy that the Chargers have interest,” Pompey told Scout. “Jared’s happy to be on track. He’s happy to be in a good place. He put 2010 behind him.”

Getting Gaither locked up would be a huge boost for the team going into free agency. Our whole left side of the offensive line is up in the air and having the left tackle situation locked up could get our focus onto other areas of need. We still have to find a playmaker on defense and we need to settle the situation at receiver.

Lock the guy up! We have to protect Philip Rivers and give him time to hit his receivers. Gaither did an awesome job last season and he is one of the top free agent left tackles available this off-season.

“Jared has got everything going in the right direction now,” Pompey said. “He’s excited about the Chargers. If that doesn’t work out, then we look forward to free agency. The fact that they want him back is a very positive thing.”  - scout.com

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  • RussellGrant

    No trying.  He needs to get this handled.

  • biggsybolt

    Also need to be going after Hardwick, the line will be settled at that point (except none of us like False start Clarry).

  • the gorn

    I’m fine with signing the man but you better find a backup in the draft.  This guy is not exactly a junk yard dog.  I also am concerned about Dielman’s spot–Green gets pushed around alot.  We need to spend two picks on the o-line.  I would argue a second and a third/fourth.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @the gorn we definitely need to find depth all over that line… its way too thin all the way across… one injury will have philip running for his life

      • the gorn

         @epadaon Gaither is injury prone too, btw.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

           @the gorn so true… part of the reason he is not with the ravens anymore. 

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    We need to keep Gaither, maybe even more than we need to keep VJ. However, if the guy is really looking for a monster contract after spending 5 years in the NFL and earning the nickname “the Big Lazy” he’s dreaming. If he wants too much money we can always get Martin or Adams as our 1st round draft choice (Reiff and Kalil will be gone). 

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @A_Eme_O_Ere if he demands a contract like that, then we will just have to find another person to fill that spot. he has a lot of question marks still…
       
      he is a higher priority than VJ! add Hardwick to that list also! 

  • MikeTuck

    So freeagency starts now. Gaither first, then I hope Smith doesn’t drag his but on the others we need. I know we don’t have all that much over the cap, but releasing alot of mediocre players and dead wieght players willo free up money for someone like Backus, I wish they’d get serious about the O-line. Contracts can be made with the wieght of them on the rear end. The D and Oline help in free agency is a must. I’m really hoping they go after someone like Backus, Grubbs is a little expensive, but the lure of SD and joining Grubbs on a team that’s got a shot will help.The time to get things done was yesterday as far as talking to players and getting your roster filled with interested partys. You can lose a quality player by being nervous about pulling the trigger.