Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Telesco on Free Agency- "There's a time and place, but that time and place for it is not this year"

This quote is not going to make some San Diego Chargers fans very happy.

Tom Telesco was asked about spending big in free agency and he responded with: “There’s a time and place, but that time and place for it is not this year”

It is “LIAR” season. Has Tom Telesco already learned how to work the system or are we in for a quiet and crappy off-season?

All these holes on the offensive line and in the secondary and we are going to be quiet in free agency? Can’t see us just sitting on out hands. We just won’t be going after the big money guys. Don’t expect us to spend big money after Andy Levitre or Jake Long. Maybe we go after a Brandon Moore or something like that for the line.

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  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I’d be shocked if we don’t sign a couple or three free agents. We have too many holes to avoid free agency. If he is telling the truth, he may not last very long as the GM of the Chargers.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Right!!! That quote makes my gut turn..

  • Supercharger77

    If you read the article heading it says he won’t spend a lot of “big cash” not anything at all. None of the guys in free agency this year is worth top dollar. I think its a smart move not to overspend. There is no way they don’t bring some outside people in to fill some needs.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I just re-read and noticed that… Will edit and update

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Thanks for correcting me on that too

  • http://twitter.com/FooIio Calum

    Obviously I think he’s fibbing, maybe some mind-games to other teams etc (reduce awareness of chargers in the FA market). However, just putting this out there, maybe he’s thinking long term, if the quality is that bad right now, why not save resources, invest in youth, and go after the quality FAs when he thinks we have the core group to compete for a superbowl. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

    Hmmm? I don’t seem to remember a bunch of FA moves last season in Indy. They let a bunch of core players walk also; Jeff Saturday, Garcion, Tamme, Dallas Clark, ETC…

  • davacho

    here’s what telesco had to say5 weeks ago:

    Comment From Philip Fan Have to say I’m really excited about your hire, but I have to say there was one thing in your press conference that bothered me. It was when you said you didn’t want to use free agency that much. Why is that? Don’t you think it is important to fill weaknesses on our team if the right guys are available in free agency? Thanks for your time.

    12:19Tom Telesco: Phil, I apologize if I wasn’t clear in my press conference. Yes, we do want a draft and develop approach. But, we will absolutely use free agency as a tool to fill needs. Remember, part of free agency is re- signing your own players as well. But we will also look at UFA’s on other teams and if their talent, fit, and economic structure works for us, we will be active with it. The Chargers will not ignore free agency, but we will be smart with it.

    • arnie

      Being smart is the best way to go. by releasing some players doesn’t mean they can’t be resigned for less money.

  • davacho
  • Preston Niedert

    The chargers will sign free agents. It will not be top notch free agents like reggie bush, jake long, mike wallace ect.. there going to invest a lot of money in the oline right who to say they don’t sign a free agent or two for the oline.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Sounds like 5-6 wins is more probable than 10-12 wins, sometimes you have to take a step back. But its hard to spend on season tickets when you know a team is getting worse.

    • arnie

      You have point Sergio, however my problem was the team being inconsistent and unwilling to change. We have no idea that the team is getting worse, until they step on the field. Telesco did a great job in Indy, by not overspending on FA’s and drafting well. the result was an 11-5 team. i still think this squad can win 10 games and that is worth buying a few more tickets this season.

  • Nate Lew

    Every team signs free agents. He’s making the point the team won’t waste money on a top of the line FA contract like the one that got the previous GM fired. This doesn’t mean he’s not willing to sign a guard for 6 mill a season.

  • tpowell619

    too much dead money.He’s not lying

  • http://twitter.com/solomonphillips Solomon Phillips


  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    No one commented when they made the statement that “in the next 10 years”, they see the Chargers as a contender. 10 years? McCoy actually made the statement, but I would bet Telesco approved.

  • 1961 Fan

    Looking at what Sergio Quintero said about 5 – 6 wins scares me, however he is one of the very few fans that are using sound reasoning to evaluate the “New Guys” running the franchise. If we go 8-8 then that will be respectable in a rebuilding year. I am running out of (life) time waiting for Dean Spanos to get his head out of his butt and spend the money on the talent to get the Bolts to the Super Bowl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    He’s dead serious, folks. It sucks that we may be in for another rough season, but weren’t the Colts in for a rough few years last season too? Stranger things have happened, I suppose. Fortunately, I don’t have one foot in the grave, so I am a patient man. This team is “to’ up from da flo’ up”!!!! So, no surprises here for me. I’m glad he is letting the dead weight go, even if we don’t bounce back like the Colts did. I’ll be at games simply because we are moving forward, instead of that “status quo” BS we’ve been tortured with for YEARS!

    • arnie

      i agree. i’m more excited to see, where were go from here, than lowering expectations with aj mess.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        Personally, I love that he let Cason, Spikes, and Bigby walk.. Even if we don’t have awesome replacements for them. It sends a message that we will let a new guy prove himself, rather than pay someone more money to play “a little bit better… But not much better”. That’s what AJ & Norv would do.

        • arnie

          And that’s been part of the problem, paying out big money to average players. then letting the really good ones go because you don’t have anything left to pay them. LOL
          they said they were going to change things, and i looks like it’s real this time.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

            “As a matter of fact….. C’mon Pookie!!! Let’s burn this muthaf**er down!!!!”

            (Harold & Kumar reference… Lol)

          • arnie

            I’m with you. LOL
            Light the torches. LOL