When is time to let a player walk?
There is a fine line of letting a player go a little early or letting him go at the right time.
Jammer has been a member of the team for over a decade and had expressed his interest in returning to the Chargers. This is his home and this is where he wanted to end his career.
The Chargers are heading in a different direction though and Jammer was not part of the plan. Jammer could have been added depth to the secondary, but the team still was waiting things out and didn’t pursue Jammer. They likely didn’t see anything left in Jammer.
Jammer’s time has past and it is time to see what the younger players on the team could do. Marcus Gilchrist has the starting safety job right now and will be looking to carry the team into the future. After Gilchrist on the depth chart is another young safety Brandon Taylor. Jammer wasn’t really going to unseat those guys at that position.
We know what he can do at corner. He lost a step and would be taking a few steps down on the depth chart. Would he want to be the 3rd or 4th cornerback off of the bench? He has been the starting Chargers corner forever, could he watch from the bench?
I like Jammer. He has been on the roster forever, he has been a great teammate and he is a great person in the community. Some things have to come to an end though. The Chargers obviously don’t think he has anything left in the tank and he didn’t want to call it quits. Another team wanted to take a chance and he jumped at the opportunity. I hate that it is the Broncos, but what can you do?
If we kept re-signing players that still felt like they had gas in the tank, then we could have him on the roster for another 8 years or so. Most athletes won’t see their talents as inferior. They have pride in their skills because that is what they do. I am still waiting for Brett Favre to make his return.
Do I hope Jammer sucks? Not really. I don’t care too much on how he plays on another roster and the most I will pay attention is when he lines up across from us.
If he does well… good for him and we made a bad evaluation. If he plays poorly, then we made the right move.
We won’t agree with every move that is made on the roster. Not every move will be a fan friendly move. In the end, we just hope it is the right move.