Chargers Louis Vasquez Is Going To Test The Free Agency Market

Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Mike Martin (center) is blocked by San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) and guard Louis Vasquez (65) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers biggest need this offseason is offensive linemen. We need all the biggest and baddest offensive linemen we can get to line up in front of Philip Rivers. One of our own guys, Louis Vasquez, is a free agent and it looks like he wants to test the free agent market.

Here is what his agent to the Indianapolis Star:

“The interest is genuine,” Sheets said. “At the same time, I have a client who wants to test the market. The Chargers had a chance to get something done last November. Now, Lou wants to explore every option.”

First off, it bugs the crap out of me that he is talking to the Indianapolis Star. There is obvious interest from the Indianapolis Colts and they will be making a run at the free agent.

When Sheets was asked if the Colts have contacted him, he responded:

“Do I expect to hear from them (Saturday)?” he asked. “Definitely.”

I am getting a bad feeling on this… or maybe it is gas.

Also, the Chargers could have got something done in November?!?!. NOVEMBER?!! Can someone tell the agent that AJ Smith is gone! Tom Telesco is in town and there is a new regime. Maybe he should talk to them.

Topics: Free Agency, Indianapolis Colts, Louis Vasquez, San Diego Chargers

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  • Preston Niedert

    The chargers dug themselves into this mess. The fact that vasquez wants to test the open market speaks volumes for itself. The chargers brass could have sign him earlier and chose not to. I don’t feel sorry for the chargers there the ones who keep letting good players leave or should i name a few.

    • veazy

      It was heavily suggested that AJ wouldn’t be the GM if Norv were to be fired, and we all were right when we predicted Norv would be gone. Who does the agent blame for not getting a deal done in November? AJ? Telesco? McCoy? Spanos? Raye? If people wanted to blame someone for not signing him that long ago, then who do you blame? You shouldn’t even mention that the Chargers “keep letting good players leave” when those responsible for that aren’t even with the Chargers anymore. You can’t pass that blame onto Telesco.

      • arnie

        i agree veazy, but Preston has a point. the blame game is for pre-schoolers. these are grown men. and if you read my other comment, Dean Spanos had every opportunity to smooth things over.

        • DougM

          This is bogus agent talk. Could have signed him in November? At what cost? You could have agreed in November too, jerk. Can’t stand these agents. Even worse that he’s holding this over a new regime.

          • arnie

            True. and i can see that. look at it on the other side. you are drafted, un-seat a starter an take his place. you’ve steadily done your job an remained healthy for most of that time, under your rookie contract. then before you go into the last year of your contract, they sign a FA nick-named “big lazy” for $25Mil, after playing four games. yet, as RG that has quietly done his job, you say nothing and wait for the organization to make things right. nothing.
            so before we blame him for holding things, over the new regimes head, let’s remember it’s owned an ran by part of the old one.

  • Rob Base

    I’m thinking he may be wearing a Colt uniform in 2013. This blows!

  • thegorn

    If the Chargers are truly switching to a zone blocking scheme, retaining Vazquez doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    • tbell11

      He’s our best O-lineman and with the release of Bigby and Cason won’t be coming back, the Chargers are making Vasquez their top priority.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Whoa thats not so encouraging news, Lets replace the entire O-line now…..oh boy. Sounds like he is out of here

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

      How much of that OLine can be replaced adequately with so little room under the cap? My pal there in SD who’s a longtime season ticket holder says even he is not gonna hold his breath for what this season will look like especially when they lowered the ticket prices….they flat out know they gon’ have a pretty ugly year….Wow…..I love this team! I wish it would get it together.

  • Nick in PB

    I don’t like this at all. He knows we need him. I hate agents. His agent knows our situation so he’s going to hold us over a barrel. He might price himself right out of SD. It seems like players are more loyal to their agents these days.

  • arnie

    true Ernie, aj is gone, but Dean Spanos was there, and he is still here now. he had Dean had every opportunity to approach Big Lou, explain the situation and ask him to give the Chargers a chance to make him an offer, once the new GM an Coaching staff was in place. but did he?
    the writing is on the wall. the chargers will not have enough money, under the cap, to keep him, compared to what he could get in Indy. also, jimmy raye is there…i wonder if that had something to do with it?

  • Sergio Quintero

    Sounds like he’s as good as gone, Indy will overpay him, if they can sign Levitre that is an upgrade, but if not a bad line just got worse.

  • RussinSactown

    It’s the business of the game. AJ wouldn’t sign him when he could lock him up and Just because we hired a young gun in Telesco, it doesn’t mean we were going to get everything right at jump. Also, remember Who has Tom Telesco’s old job. If I was him Lou I’d talk to Mr. Raye and see if I could catch on there.
    I have all sorts of faith that Tom Telesco is going to build a great team. Just please oh please don’t have too many mis steps along the way.

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