Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs the ball as Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) persues the play during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

What will the Chargers do about Ryan Mathews?

As we know by now Ryan Mathews will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken clavicle. That leaves us with a big hole in the roster at least until week 2. Assuming we keep Jackie Battle, Ronnie Brown, and Curtis Brinkley, is there another back that could be signed or even traded for? Looking at free agency currently there are two backs I’d like to sign; Ryan Grant and Joseph Addai. I’ve wanted Ryan Grant since he hit free agency, he reminds a little bit of Ryan Mathews and his younger than Ronnie Brown. He has shown some speed and I think in the right place (notGreen Bay) could be a solid back. Joseph Addai had some nice years in Indy and was signed by the Patriots about two months ago. He was later cut because he wasn’t showing effort. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a guy who won’t put the effort in but, he’s still one of the better players on the market. I wouldn’t mind getting either of these players or trading for another team’s backup running back to become our starter at least until Mathews can come back. Let me know your opinions on what we should do to replace that big hole in our starting lineup. Thanks for reading.


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  • #TheBoltFather

    ??? Addai and Grant???

  • Ricky Rivers Rosa

    Do you have some kind of problem with either of them?

  • Kenny

    Addai is garbage, I thought he was grabage w/ the Colts. Grant isnt bad, when healthy! He is similar to Mathews, in that regard. Perhaps if the Bolts picked him up, Grant and Mathews could rotate being on the feild and in physical therapy…

    I remember when ever1 was drinking the AJ Kool-aid, and I was saying we needed a solid back-up, and was nearly chastisied for being anti-Charger. Contrary to popular opinion, I think the Bolts offseason was horrible. Replacing real talent with mediocre talent, no matter the quanity, does not make your team better. Quality talent makes your team better. How many stars are we going to have to see go off to other franchises and succeed, only to be replaced with subpar talent in SD? Once again, thanks for nothing AJ.*

    *I did for the fist time in years like AJ’s draft picks (however, this does not make up for ridiculous FA moves). Ingram and Reyes looked great last night.

    • Pels04

      He offered VJ a contract and Tolbert took less money to get to Carolina. We had too many holes to fill to pay VJ as much as he got from TB. Who out in free agency was better than we got?

  • davacho

    no to addai (lack of effort is worrisome).

  • Huy Nguyen

    Were actually set at rb even with mathews sidelined…no need to go school shoping yet

  • chargerbleu55

    man on the real I was watching the hof game and the saints have to many backs thing is they are a ll good backs with upside. cadet or that dude cris ivory should be on the chargers radar.

  • blu3ny3llow

    If R. brown is as good as they say he looks in practice….with brinkley n once battle learns the plays we be good till RM gets back

  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    I dislike preseason for this very reason. (hey, that rhymed) I do not want to see Rivers or Gates playing in any more games until our season opener, we can’t afford it!

  • Ricky Rivers Rosa

    My problem is, like wide reciever, there is a huge difference between starter and backup whether they play or not. R Brown may have been a starting back at one time by at this point, he’s simply too old. Other than that, we don’t really have a true starter at running back and I don’t want to revert to this “running back by committee” garbage.

  • miketuck

    Curtis Brinkley is our answer. He is consistant and has shown toughness. He’s less of a risk than the others and showed last year he should be a backup now starter.

  • John De Angelis

    Keep the backs we got, and let Brinkley shine, The running back position is not our biggest problem.

  • Arnie

    What wil they do with RM24? the same thing they did with norv and AJ. Keep them around, regardless of performance.
    Look Aj’s on record, that he likes players to play through their contracts. Example Larry English, an Buster Davis. They still have plans for RM24. You know, “stay the course”….

  • Ignatius

    Never liked Mathews when he was drafter nor his tenure in San Diego, if it were up to me I would get what I can from him, say thanks and let his contract expire.