There is some love coming out of Chargers training camp and from the fans about Jeromey Clary moving over to right guard and how it would be a better fit for him. It probably is a better fit for Clary, but let me pose this hypothetical question to you.
Would you trade Jeromey Clary for Brandon Moore?
It makes too much sense! I don’t know why Brandon Moore is still available, but the fact that he is means that we have a chance to add more protection for Philip Rivers. Moore is one of the top run blocking guards out there and he would be able to line up next to big DJ Fluker to plow over some people like Shaun Phillips and Von Miller. Now that sounds like a much better option than hoping that Clary or Johnnie Troutman can cut it.
I understand people want to see Troutman be the starting guard, but you don’t just hand a 5th round pick the starting job without him ever playing a snap in the NFL. Make him earn it and until then he can get some experience behind a player like Brandon Moore.
On June 1, the Chargers can save even more dough on the salary cap by cutting these guys. Cutting Jeromey Clary alone on the 1st would free up $4M instead of $2.3M. Eddie Royal would free up another $3M and LeRon McClain would free up an extra $2M+. That is up around $9M+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Moore probably wants $3-4M and Starks probably around $2-3M. If you want that protection for Philip Rivers, then cutting Clary and those other dudes just makes sense.