Dwight Freeney Likely Looking For Money That We Won’t Give

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

The holdup with the possibilities of adding Dwight Freeney to the San Diego roster is the same holdup that has been holding him up from signing anywhere so far. It comes down to money. Freeney is still looking to get paid like he is a Pro Bowl player and doesn’t want to lower the price yet. He doesn’t want to look at himself as an aging veteran that is declining in skills.

Don’t get me wrong, Freeney is a better pass rusher than anyone else we have on our roster, but we can’t ruin our purse trying to fill another hole. The signing of Thomas Keiser yesterday gives us more pass rushers on the roster, but he is just some random dude. Honestly, I had no idea who the guy was before we picked him up yesterday. He will likely make the roster though.

If we break the bank to get Freeney, then what are we going to do at left tackle? What are we going to do if someone else goes down with an injury at a position that we are lacking depth at also? The injuries are going to come and the depth around the roster is poor. Just look at our secondary at the corner position. With Marcus Gilchrist sliding over to safety, who is the next man up if Shareece Wright or Derek Cox go down?

We are going to have to duct tape and super glue this season together in order to fight for a playoff spot. All the pieces are not going to be in place. Some people will need to step up in order to make this thing successfull. If Freeney wants to get PAID, then we will have to trust that Larry English or someone else on the roster will step up and do work.

I won’t say that I expect Larry to be a stud…. but the potential is there. We have tried to put trust in him before and was left disappointed. An opportunity has opened up and now someone needs to take it and run with it. I wish it was Freeney, but it seems that he still wants that money.

I applaud Tom Telesco and crew for holding strong. It would be easy to throw money at the situation and try to bandaid it all with Freeney, but there are other concerns on the roster and tossing every last dollar on an aging star would cripple us in the future.

Freeney, our offer is on the table… just shake your head NO and let us know that you want more money and kick rocks. Otherwise, take the deal and suit up and let’s get some work done!

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    TT put an offer out there… we’ll see what happens as we get closer to the regular season. I am just happy to see that TT is at least willing to sit down with these guys, make an offer, crunch some numbers.. and most importantly… pass if it just isn’t the right deal.

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

    Good stuff E! My sentiments exactly….here’s something you may know more about than I do, so I gotta ask….When will the Chargers be out of the Salary Cap Pickle they are in?

    • shayaaa

      This should give you good insight:

      http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/san-diego-chargers/yearly/

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

        Thanks! That really blows…why can’t the NFL be more like MLB & NBA where the cap doesn’t impact what players they can get??? AJ F*ck3d SD royally…

        • shayaaa

          NFL is hard cap/hard floor unlike the others mentioned. Not sure we would pony up extra money for taxes in that scenario anyway.. It would probably benefit other teams more so than the Chargers (those in big media markets)

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          im good with the NFL’s salary cap… all teams seem to have a chance every year

          • tubbs45

            Parity is a good thing for the sport. I still don’t understand how the hell the 49ers amassed such crazy good depth at almost all positions….

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Seeing Meachem & Clary sandwiched in there at the top with Rivers, Weddle, Gates, and Hardwick makes me wanna rolf.

  • RussinSactown

    Well We aren’t going to go down the same road of overpaying for a player and getting hamstrung by it. That alone makes TT an upgrade over AJ

    Next man up time. I am not about to say Larry will be a stud but he will likely be coming with a bit more urgency knowing that he’s gotta shine or he’ll be shown the door soon.
    As far as the other rookies and UDFAs, here is their chance to show why they need to be in the mix. Get after it boys and make this shot count!

  • arnie

    Ernie, in think the deal is done when they signed keiser

  • tubbs45

    Hell I’ll say it… I EXPECT ENGLISH TO PLAY HUGE, BEAST MODE, QB EATER SACK MACHINE. Now I dont know if it will happen, but I sure a F*&$ hope so!!!

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

      Why do you expect English to play huge, beast mode, tubbs?

      • tubbs45

        1st round draft pick with all of the tools to be a speed rushing demon. fast, agile, strong as hell, great moves… Mofo just cant stay healthy. I have expected it every year, I have been let down every year. This year will hopefully be the start of a new career no that his Greasy Haired Daddy is gone… Time to work English, get the sand out of it and work….

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

          okay, tubbs. I can buy that. At least you have a rationale.

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

          But tubbs, remember this guy has had years…It’s not like he is a rookie.

          • tubbs45

            SS his jersey has been collecting dust in my closet since he was drafted… He has had plenty of time, but he’s been a china doll, worse than Ryan Matthews in fact. He really only played like 20% of the snaps last season, behind a deep OLB crew. Expectations are often met with disappointment, but I really hope this is not the case

          • tubbs45

            Hahahahahaha that picture just cracks my ass up!

          • thegorn

            Prayin’ you make it out of rehab!

  • joerockt

    Sorry, but I’m not jumping on the English bandwagon. The guy has had plenty of chances over the past 4 years and he hasn’t produced. He’s injury prone as well so to take this risk I feel is insane. AJ reached with him and that’s that. They need to get someone signed who will give us a chance at a pass rush, otherwise we’ll just have more of the same from last year, probably even worse.

    Really getting tired of the 3-4. We keep getting these small LB’s with some speed and little power. Really miss the days of Mims and O’neal, 2 huge, tall bookends who could get after it. We need true DE’s again.

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

      We’re supposed to believe that now English will be great, joe. No basis for it, but just believe it.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I feel ya. We haven’t had anyone halfway decent in here since Merriman. I guess you could go with SP95, but he really wasn’t dominant. Neither have been English, Barnes.. or even Ingram (although he kinda gets a pass, as he has only played one year). It’s a shame we can’t get a better look at Ingram this year. When he does come back next year, it will take even more time to see if he can beast out, or not. It sucks because we probably won’t know what we have after three (possibly four) years. How do you build a pass rush unit on these terms? It’s maddening!

  • MC Boltman

    Yeah…finally someone who says something about the cornerback position! Both Wright and Cox missed games last season due to injuries…with Gilchrist at safety, we´re not too good set up there. Btw: Steve Williams is too small-sized to play on the outside.

    • Ioane

      It’s funny, Williams is the same size and Brandon Flowers and he’s been doing a pretty good job on the outside for KC.

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

        I saw tape on Williams, and that guy is seriously good.

      • MC Boltman

        Well, he´s our nickel, but if Wright or Cox go down, he probably would´ve to start anyway. Don´t know what to expect from the (UD)FAs at this point. We´ll see.

    • tubbs45

      I had heard we may be kicking Stanford Routts tires…

  • Ioane

    We could be waiting for that June 1st money from Gaither to come available and use that on Freeney.

  • Ioane

    I’m with you Tubbs. I hope English will get a lot more playing time. I want to see what he can do with a bigger role. I still hope for Larry. It’s his last chance to prove himself.

  • Truth!

    This writer has no idea what he’s talking about, Tom Telesco is the one who gave Dwight Freeney his 72 million dollar contract when he was with the Indy Colts. You better believe he’s trying to figure out how to sign Dwight.

    (Rumor is he’s already on board… all of Dwight’s personal friends congratulated him on their facebook pages)

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      We will see when the truth rolls out. You have a link to that Facebook page?

      • nativesandiegan

        I’d like to see that myself. There’s truth and then there’s TRUTH

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

      Sorry, Truth. Tom Telesco was not the GM for the Colts. That would have been Polian who inked that deal. So, don’t be correcting Ernie.. when you need to check your own self. Telesco was not the GM of the Colts. Remember that.

      Which deals did Telesco give to anybody on the Colts, Bud?

  • RZ

    I’ve pretty much convinced myself that we are playing with who we have on this roster…now I’m trying to convince myself that we will Win with the best 53 players from this current bunch. I refuse to get stressed out over things I can’t control so Let’s F****N Do This!!!!! GO BOLTZ!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    We signed Derek Cox to a 4 year deal for $20,000,000. Do you think Freeney is worth an equivalent amount ($4 to $5 mill per year) for maybe 2 years?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Good point… Based off of the cox signing… Numbers would be good… Looking at our dwindling salary cap, not too awesome. Have to get creative

  • thegorn

    Here’s how we get an instant pass rush: Find a really small (yet durable) player and have Cam Thomas hurl him into the quarterback.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Genius!!! Danny Woodhead it is!

  • sanford peisner

    I am not wild about English or Freeney, I do think the offensive line is the priory This is rebuilding year. If Rivers doesn’t have time , pass rusher on defense won’t matter

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