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Protecting Your Future...


The bug a boo is why are Mike Willie, Chris Gronkowski and Dan DePalma on IR?

This may seem odd, however it is an old common practice, to protect players the Chargers have made an investment in. “lemme esplain Lucy…”

Mike Willie is a good wide receiver and the Chargers want him on the roster. This is what you can read into this move. However there is a log jam at the top with wide receivers that cannot stay healthy and cannot be cut. So the option is to cut experienced wide receiver in favor of two 1 year practice squad players and a rookie… Or the IR list. Because of this scenario in all likelihood they would lose Willie on waivers.

Enter IR. By putting Willie there, he stays on the roster for a year. He get’s paid but it’s at the league base for $405.000. So it’s a small price to pay to protect a good player, for the future. He also spends some time learning the Whiz system. But it still doesn’t make sense? Remember T&M are thinking for the future, not just right now and next year’s three wide receiver spots are going to open up. Meaning Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal and Danario Alexander will probably not be back. And just like that, you opened up a roster spot for Willie, DePalma to step up. They will have the advantage because they know the offense.

As for Gronkowski, I mentioned in the camp breakdowns that we should not sleep on this kid. He looked good. The problem? The Chargers had an experienced fullback under contract until 2014. Why rock the boat? Let the kid learn the offense, learn from the vet and open the door for him to step up in 2014.

I know, I know, we would like to see them play his year. The reality is, if they hit the waiver wire, they would play this year for another team. They need the best experienced players to lead the charge this year. The reason is the Chargers do not have the cap room to release some vets. So play em, and say goodbye when it’s convenient for you… on your terms.

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  • Gunnar Martin

    I’d be pretty surprised if Royal wasn’t on this team next year. And hopefully we give DX one more opportunity to show his stuff. He’s got some insane chemistry with Phil, so he has huge upside. Wouldn’t be expensive to bring back either. Oh, and I totally agree that Robert will be gone before we know it.

    • arnie

      Agreed. But the reason i put DX and Royal on that list, there will be new options at FA and the Draft. Healthy options. ;)

      • Gunnar Martin

        Yeah that’s true. We might actually find our next true No. 1 WR of the future for the first time since VJax this offseason. Unless Brown proves that he can man that position. That would be interesting to see.

        • arnie

          I really need VB to step up. However keep this i mind, Allen might be that guy given time.

  • Daryl Peek

    Translation, Meachem is not gonna be cut.

    • arnie

      you are correct sir. This way, the Chargers don’t have to lose a few good ones either.

      • Daryl Peek

        There’s another protecting your future theme most can’t/don’t want to fathom. That’s Rivers in 2014. Those that don’t believe this is an audition season for his future, you’re in denial.

        His cap figure will be addressed next season depending on his performance this year… restructure or waiver. All the right things are being said by McCoy and Telesco, in order to keep the peace for this season but believe you me, the future is their focus also. We saw that in Denver and Indy.

        Personally I’d love for us to pick up that kid Daniels if Frisco lets him walk. Keep Sorenson and cut Whitehurst.

        • arnie

          Rivers has to perform, like everyone else. Tomorrow will work itself out. Right now I’m betting it was the lack of help around him.
          BTW fansided is reporting Meachum may be released.

    • Guest

      There’s another protecting your future theme most can’t/don’t want to fathom. That’s Rivers in 2014. Those that don’t believe this is an audition season for his future, you’re in denial.

      His cap figure will be addressed next season depending on his performance this year… restructure or waiver. All the right things are being said by McCoy and Telesco, in order to keep the peace for this season but believe you me, the future is their focus also. We saw that in Denver and Indy.

      Personally I’d love for us to pick up that kid Daniels if Frisco lets him walk. Keep Sorenson and cut Whitehurst.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Also, Willie actually has a concussion from that great hit from Bostic. That is what they were saying on NFL.com.

    He didn’t play last game either, did he?

    • arnie

      Either way, it follows the pattern McCoy has been in. And yes he did play in the Cardinals game.

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  • Mark G

    Planning for the future by using whatever means, including IR. Wow, we haven’t seen that since…signing Gates to a long term deal. And when was that? And what did he have to threaten to get that done?