The Chargers will owe Smith $4 million for his remaining two years of his contract, but Dean Spanos has finally come to his senses and released AJ Smith as General Manager of the San Diego Chargers.
Smith joined the Chargers as Assistant General Manager in 2002, joining longtime friend and mentor John Butler. Spanos tabbed Smith as Butler’s successor following Butler’s death in April 2003.
Smith had a few successful drafts, but then his ego got in the way. Causing him to wage war with the likes of Marty Shottenheimer, Archie Manning, Ladanian Tomlinson and anyone else who didn’t kiss his butt whenever he entered the room.
He traded away every single player who had the potential to bring the Chargers to greatness. Players like Brees, Tomlinson, Turner and Sproles and of course, brought in coach Turner, by far his worst decision and ultimate downfall.
Raye is the likely interim replacement.
I will follow up with who else has been let go from the offensive coaching staff.
I am looking forward to a new chapter in Chargers football.