December 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay (71) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers About to Release DT Antonio Garay

The San Diego Chargers are set to release DT Antonio Garay to free up some room on the salary cap. Garay was due $3.5M in 2013.

Garay wasn’t the best fit as a nose tackle for the defense, but he was a clubhouse favorite and leader. He also was the clubhouse joker. The rest of the youngsters on the defensive line looked up to him.

There could be a possibility that he re-joins with the team at a cheaper deal. It just depends on how Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy thinks he fits in with the team. He is pretty involved around San Diego and may want to stick around.

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  • Victoria Lee

    It too difficult to picture the D without Garay. I hope we restructure the deal to keep him.

  • JoseSD

    It’s true, based on the contract structure it was a given he was going to be released after the first year of the deal they weren’t gonna pay a total of 5 mil the second year it was just to get him to sign for last year. He was a big disappointment last season I’d rather they try to keep aubrayo Franklin. but ill always rememberGaray for driving the RG for the Colts right into Manning for a sack

    • Ernie Padaon

      definitely was his best play… drove him right into Peyton Manning. that play was sick! I really hope we sign Franklin also. Feel that he is underappreciated for what he did for that defense

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Oh baby, time to start making the cuts. Great first move that we all knew was a matter of time.

  • Rob Base

    Telesco is paving the way! Good move lets see what else he does to free up some cap room. My boys will be bummed Garay is gone.

    • Ernie Padaon

      I like Garay as a person and wouldn’t mind if e came back… Just was too expensive

  • 619chargers4life

    yeah that sucks. i should have got a couple flicks with him when i had the chances. i always seemed to run into him at the stadium like twice a year hanging out at the chargers store. he is a really good dude.

  • G

    Gaither, clary and royal get the boot next

  • Preston Niedert

    Its about time they start cuting ppl.

  • Boltbrigade51

    Crushing news, AG has been improving but injuries got the better of him in ’12 going to miss him!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Antonio Garay signed a two-year contract in March (2012) to remain with the Bolts.
    By releasing him in the middle of his two year guaranteed deal, how does that help the cap situation? The way I see it, we take a cap hit, same as we would if we released Meachem or Gaither.

    He is guaranteed that money… so. to me, doesn’t look like it helps the cap situation.
    Somebody help out here and correct me if I am confused.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      It’s not Guaranteed like Gaither, that is why they are cutting him.

  • Sergio Quintero

    First of an expected many to come, I’m pretty sure Spikes, Gaither are following him out the door.

  • RussinSactown

    We knew it was coming. Now we need to see who else they cut for cap room. Also, nothing says they don’t pick him back up for cheap.

    • Stefanie Smith

      If this is a two year deal with guaranteed money, how does that cut the cap limits? Wouldn’t we still take a cap hit for at the guaranteed amount that the Chargers have to pay?

      • lblocz

        it wasn’t a guaranteed contract though. It was guaranteed once he signed the contract last year he was gonna be released after the 1st year becasue of his would be 5 mil cap hit the next year.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Peace out! No love lost.

  • thegorn

    I’m sure you guys will love (not!) this one: I think the chargers should trade Phillips or Gates. Both may have a year left at most but they’re done. Moreover, both have pretty big cap hits. The money will be better spent elsewhere.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Shaun Phillips or Philip Rivers?

      • thegorn

        Shaun Phillips.

        • Ernie Padaon

          he is a free agent… we probably are not going to re-sign him… so we will save some money from that

  • Stefanie Smith

    Guys with multi- year deals that you cut—gets you at least a partial cap hit. Sometimes it is better to take the hit and move on. The unrestricted free agents that you do not resign and then you let go or release- helps you with the salary cap.

    Garay had a guaranteed deal, (read above), so we probably are taking a hit. Unless this year of his deal contained language where the Chargers had until a certain date to opt out and not pay him –like the Colts did with Manning, like the Cards decided to pay with Kolb, etc.

    Many of these teams are willing to take a partial hit on the cap and move on.

  • arnie

    You know what, i think this is part of making moves to get cap space. That is stating the obvious.
    What isn’t so obvious, when T&M said they were going to evaluate the players they have, this could be a part of the plan to re-evaluate players to more “realistic” market value. i’m sure we can all agree there are a handful of players that are not living up, to the money that is being paid out to them. As much as i like Garay, i believe they’ve come to the conclusion he is not $3.5 Mil player. maybe $1.5mil..

  • Magic Mike

    Gaay’s 2013 salary is not guranteed and if cut it frees up everything except $375,000 which is half of original signing bonus. Think he made $1.575 mil last year. So it saves $5 mil in cash but we’d take $375k cap hit.