Chargers Have Begun Contract Talks With Jacob Hester

The San Diego Chargers have begun negotiations with FB Jacob Hester  (Scott Bair). Hester is our versatile undersized fullback that we can also line up as the halfback to carry the ball if needed. Mike Tolbert is likely to get a lot of interest in the open market and the Chargers will want to keep Hester around for his familiarity with the offense. We like to use Hester a lot in short yardage situations and around the goal line with the passing game.

If Tolbert moves on in free agency, Hester could be used more often on 3rd down and in goal line. He could also be used WHEN if Ryan Mathews gets nicked up. He should not be the number 2 back if Tolbert leaves though, he is more of an emergency back. We would still have to pick up someone for that role. My choice is still Justin Forsett in the backup role and in 3rd down.

Hester will become a free agent on March 13th if we do not reach a contract agreement before then. The Chargers should try to get all their free agents signed quickly so they can focus on Vincent Jackson and some other premier free agents. There is a lot of work to be done.

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  • the gorn

    Hester?  Where’s the upside?  Do you really want him as your number 2 running back?  As cheap pick up, he’s fine but this guy’s not going to get  us anywhere.  You can’t even say that he’s a smart, heady football player.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @the gorn no way would i want him as the number 2 running back… he is the emergency running back and i notice i didnt really emphasize that… if tolbert moves on, we still would need to find someone to be number 2

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    Hester is a beast,,,,just ask Chris Collingsworth.

  • NickGoulart1

    I like Hester–but he doesn’t do anything well.  He can just do a little bit of everything at an average level. 
    We need two backs.  A veteran pounder via free agency, and a mid-round rookie speedster for the Sproles role (that we invented in the modern NFL and is being copy-catted by everybody). Mathews is PLENTY capable enough to use on 3rd down this year if a drafted rookie like LaMichael James, Ronnie Hillman, or Chris Rainey is not ready to pick up blitzes.
    Forsett would be a 3rd down back as Ernie mentioned–I’m not opposed, but I would probably rather draft one of the rookies I mentioned above and just use Rhyno on 3rd down if the guy we drafted wasn’t ready to handle 3rd down blitzes his rookie year.
    My top pick for a veteran free agent (cost dependant of course) is Michael Bush.  Brandon Jacobs was also just released by New York and would be an interesting compliment–even if he has fallen off somewhat.  Jackie Battle looked interesting at times for the Chiefs last year, Peyton Hillis will undoubtedly be out of our price range, but would be a geat compliment to Rhyno in a perfect world.  No thanks on Cedric Benson.   Am I missing any intriguing free agent bangers?  This is just off the top of my head.

  • MikeTuck

    I’m sorry I believe in family, pay is some what personal but while Hester, Gaither, and Hardwich are talking contracts they ought to be filling Smiths ear about getting a deal done with jackson. And I’m really glad Smith is trying to take care of his own now, but he ought to be getting Backus to come talk with the team and Rivers. The Oline will give a sigh so load they’ll think the santa Anas are kicking up. Get Gaither and Hardwich done and let’s try to get a couple of good veterans. Backus has some good experience guarding the QB and I’m telling you all. 2 to 3 more secounds for Rivers will make all the difference. And a Great left Guard that has speed enough to pull and get in front of mathews will open up a whole new side to our Offense. Play action works best when you have alot of motion to throw the D off.