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Chargers Negotiating With Nick Hardwick And Jared Gaither

First things first, we have to solidify the offensive line. Without protection for Philip Rivers, we will never be able to pass the ball down to the field to WHOEVER. The Chargers have began their negotiations with Nick Hardwick and Jared Gaither (UT). If we are unable to reach a deal with them by Tuesday March 13 at 1pm, they will be free to negotiate with every other team.

These two guys are our top priority right now and then we can start looking at Mario Williams Vincent Jackson. We can’t let VJ sit out on the open market for too long, because teams will start trying to woo him into their town immediately.

There is a lot of work to be done, but we can get some big pieces done now and then start shifting focus on another area.

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  • MikeTuck

    Smith needs to negotiate good contracts for are first unit players and a few 2nd unit players that have made themselves invauable. But cut it there, for the rest of the 2nd unit players there should be little negotiating just a sound offer to play and prove yourself. by doing this and cutting players that want to be paid and play one position the money saved will go a long way into signing great free agents for are 1st unit. The attitude toward most 2nd and 3rd unit players should be you can be replaced. The idea is to put the best starting team on the field. and have a few would be starters that can play multible positions on long term contracts. You have to sign the best atheletes posible to fill the 2nd and 3rd tier teams. The Chargers should invite the whole west coast to try out for these positions and a chance to be a long term NFL player. No more long term backups. I keep hearing we can’t fit so and so under the cap. if you consentrate your paying contracts on your first team and a few great players who can fill a multitude of positions you can have the best 1st unit possible. I say get Williams and the best safety possible to play with Weddle. get a great guard and Tackle to go with Gaither Hardwich and Green. Sign Jackson to play with Brown and Floyd. Then clean house and don’t hang on to anyone who isn’t there to win a 1st tier job, and willing to get a base salary to earn that chance. You’ll get the best 1st squad and hungrey atheletes that want to earn a position.

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    Easy enough, except it’s not. Hardwick will probably haggle but not much. He’s a Dielman kind of guy. I hear Gaither’s agent is acting as if he’s all-world instead of the guy who earned the nickname “The Big Lazy”. Best safety available is going to be thru the draft because even mediocre safeties like Huff were tagged this year. That means we get Mark Barron or Harrison Smith which means we use our 1st round pick or risk them not being there in the second round. Or we try to get David DeCastro with our #1 but he might not be there. However there are a lot of free agent guards to choose from if AJ is not comfortable going with Green. I’m pretty sure we’re going with Vasquez and Jeromey “Foul or fold at the worst possible moment” Clary on the right side. Jackson’s agent says VJ wants $13 million a year and says that all they need is one team to offer them that which pretty much means VJ is willing to go anywhere as long as they show him the money. I’m pretty sure we’ll keep Hester at a reasonable price but with several sites saying that Tolbert is the “#1 free agent running back available” I’m sure his agent is going to want to milk us, too. I find that hard to believe with Bush, Green-Ellis, Grant and Hillis all being free agents but you know how that kooky media loves to hype the players that leave the Chargers. Then. there is the incredible Mario Williams. The single best defensive player to become a free agent since Julius Peppers. Let’s pray that the market for him does what it did for Nnamdi. Before free agency started people were saying that he was going to be the highest paid defensive player of all time. Instead he had to “settle” for $12 million a year. 
    Easy, peazy.

  • MikeTuck

    I’m really discusted with Smiths I’ll drag my feet on the Line. His interest in getting a great O-line has always said alot about his football knowledge. It’s not glamorous so nothing will be said on what a great pickup we got. But getting Backus for our other OT would be huge. And then a veteran guard would help. Your Offense can only be as good as it’s line. And for RB’s it means alot of easy yards or alot of getting dinged up everytime Turner trys to squeeze him between the tackles. A great line that allows for 10 more runs and a abundance of screens and pulling plays will set the pass up for Rivers to all his recievers. If they don’t get one in free agency, I hope they invite the whole west coast Oline including Div 2. The more competition the better. They could have 2-3 on the practice squad developing.