Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) during pregame introductions before a game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Shaun Phillips Likely Has Seen His Last Day With the San Diego Chargers

That trademark bowling ball celebration likely has made it’s last appearance in a San Diego Chargers uniform. Shaun Phillips led the team in sacks last season, but the team drafted Melvin Ingram with their first round draft pick last season and he is expected to start with Phillips gone.

Phillips is an unrestricted free agent and could look to join a playoff team. The Chargers are looking toward the future and don’t have the free money to spend on a position that already has capable starters. Jarrett Johnson and Ingram will likely be the starters going into the season.

The Chargers should try to bring back Antwan Barnes from free agency to be the first backup off of the bench. Barnes should be available at a cheaper price. He led the team in sacks a couple of seasons ago and would be a nice option off the bench.

Larry English could also be given another year to prove his worth with the new GM Tom Telesco in town. Maybe he will be given more opportunities to get into the game with Norv out of town.

Johnson, Ingram, Barnes and English. Still need to pick up a couple of more guys to compete at the position. There just are too many other holes to fill on the roster and signing a top notch outside linebacker is not of high priority.

Sign me a left tackle, a left guard, a middle linebacker, a strong safety, a runningback or a wide receiver before you sign an outside linebacker.

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  • blu3ny3llow

    One of my favorites… hate to see him go but oh well………..good luck in indy or in N.O.

  • Nick in PB

    That’s just business. He has been a good Charger for a long time but just cannot commit that kind of money to him… unless his demands are not that great. But you would think they would be more than we can offer.

    • Joel Garcia

      Remember that AJ is GONE ! #Neweraofbolts

  • tbell11

    With the list priority you gave, just add a CB an your golden

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Did I seriously forget corner? Oops

  • Mike Tuck

    This about what ‘m expecting from Bolt Beat anymore. Phillips is washed up, look at the last 3 years, oh and Ingram made him look bad! Phillips was signed to put pressure on opposing QB’s. This he’s done without question, the question was, are you going to use him in pressure or dropping back in pass coverage. Oh yeah, he did that in great fashion too. But they lacked the pressure they had when Wade Phillips ran the sack game perfect. Turner was the key obsticle in using Barnes and Phillips fpr what they were drafted or picked up for. Take the writers here and watch some games instead of drinking the koolaide, You get the results that your DC puts on the field. Jarrett Johnson blitzed from the right side clumsilly at best, while phillips was dropping in pass coverage. If Barnes and Phillips were both blitzed at the same time alla Merriman and Phillips the result would have mirrored those years, but they ran the defense in prevent stile, so you get the results that you nexpect.

    • arnie

      Lol. Phillips benefitted from Merriman, not because phillips is a sack maker. Merriman made everyone look good.
      You’re right that turner was the problem, 1) you can’t play a true 3-4 if your playing from behind most of the time or, trying to protect a 3 point lead. 2) the pass defense was so sorry, they needed help, over the middle. It’s a domino effect. The 3-4 is most effective when the opposing team is forced to throw the ball, an playing from behind. To things the Chargers offense did not contribute to the cause.
      But I see your point….


  • arnie

    I have no problem seeing highway 95, hit the road. He is a solid LB that any team would be happy to have. However, he’s “complimentary” LB. HWY95 made most of his fame an fortune, on the coat tales of the other Shawne. There is simply to much upside to the players the Chargers have signed, or are younger. Melvin an Barnes have done more, in less time, without LIGHTSOUT, that I can’t see how they justify paying money, he really hasn’t lived up to earning, without Merriman.

  • veazy

    I missed Darren Sproles’ stuttering, but I won’t miss Phillips’ run-on sentences.

  • Nolan

    And I think we should get rid of spikes and resign demarrio Williams he’s a younger cheaper starter for the season and after this season we can focus on getting our new middle linebacker we have too much stuff to worry about this offseason and I guess Phillips can go too

  • http://twitter.com/PowderBlue619 Saul Lopez

    i like SP95 but you gotta do what’s best for the team.