November 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Jeromey Clary (66) and offensive guard Louis Vasquez (65) during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

What To Do With Jeromey Clary?

With DJ Fluker already given the right tackle job, what is in the cards for former starting right tackle Jeromey Clary? Reports say that Clary took the news like a pro and he will be given the opportunity to start at guard. If he were cut, the Chargers could save an extra $2.3 million and that could go towards signing a left tackle like Bryant McKinnie.

The Chargers didn’t make a move immediately after drafting Fluker, but a move still could be on the horizon. It all depends on if we can haul in McKinnie and how much McKinnie demands in pay.

If Clary does get the chance to be the starting right guard, there definitely would be some adjustments that he would have to make. He has never played the position, but it would be a much better spot for him to excel in. He wouldn’t have to be left on an island to face off against some of the premier pass rushers in the league. He could get help from Nick Hardwick on his left side and from DJ Fluker on his right side.

Clary is a much stronger run blocker than a pass blocker and the same scouting report can be shared with the rookie DJ Fluker. Expect the Chargers to pound the rock on the right side with Ryan Mathews.

I like the idea of moving Clary inside over outright releasing him. With so many question marks on the middle of the line, might as well keep players to compete for the starting job and let the beat man win. I honestly think that Clary would be the winner of the competition.

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  • Nate

    Give him the boot. Duh

  • Lee

    save money and cut him. sign mckinnie with said profit and our o-line gets that much better

  • tubbs45

    2.3 mill, hummmm. Bah bye. If we want guards, there are other out there 2.3 goes a long way!

  • RussinSactown

    The trade off with moving him inside is that now you have a glut of possible guards. He would likely do better as a guard since his footwork doesn’t need to be amazing and he can leveredge that with what he knew as a tackle. Lining up with Fluker would be like watching the running of the bulls. On the other hand, releasing him gives us 2.3 million to put toward McKinnie and we can see what one of the other guys we picked up can do there.

    • Peter Thompson

      I agree with the last part.

      • RussinSactown

        The other guards are actual guards that have played the position. It’s possible to transition to the spot. Mike Golic did in the 80′s. But we have guys who need a place to step up.

    • tubbs45

      Yeah it is an issue for depth for the Tackle position, if he cleans out the locker. But we need a sure fire Starters:

      LT: McKiney (please 1-2 stop gap), Dunlap, Harris, Hasslem
      RT: Fluker, Clary, Dombroski,

      Harris actually seems a better right than Left, dont know much about Hasslem….

  • Peter Thompson

    I heard there is an opening taking tickets at the turn-style down at the rollerskating rink.
    The other guard options would have to be a big step down, for me to like the move. Especially if we can free up cap space. If you have been in this league as long as Clary has, and regularly need help from other players to do your job… then you probably aren’t worth keeping around. I know the o-line is something where you function as a whole.. but, you also need to be good at the position you play… whatever that position is. We’ll see, i suppose.

  • davacho

    agreed- although- if it’s between him or mckinnie… well, i think we all know what to do with clary there.

    • Peter Thompson

      Yeah… without any hesitation.

  • Boltzfan

    See if you can keep him and acquire Mckinnie. If you need the extra money to get Mckinnie signed…not much choice…

  • Cgoodness13

    If clary was at least a decent run blocker, Mathews wouldn’t have had to bounce off tackles and hit the sideline to get any yards. I say cut him.

  • Ryan Williams

    i dont mind him at gaurd but he needs to take a pay cut or get released in my opinion!!!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Keep him for now and let him compete with the other guards on the roster to see who starts. Decide who to cut right before the season starts. Hard to decide if we should still keep him if he isn’t good enough to start, but is still good enough to be the primary backup. Save 2.3 mil in cap space this year, or keep a pretty good (but quite expensive) backup over others that aren’t that big of a drop-off?

  • Ioane

    Why not ask Clary to take a pay cut? He’s no longer a tackle and we don’t know if he can play guard. I’m also very interested in seeing how both Rhinehart and Troutman do at the position.

    We will know soon enough, if McKinnie is signed than Clary is on his way out.

  • Rob Base

    Off with his head!! Tie a rock to him and throw him in the ocean. Bloop bloop bloop sorry bout your luck!

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    Kick rocks Clary!!!

  • Sid Klum

    He has feet stuck in cement. Cut him and use the money on real talent. Sorry buy I never saw the Chargers ever run behind Clary they typically ran left away from him.

  • BronxCharger

    clary is the worst starting RT in football