Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) attempts to tackleSan Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews' replacement...

Hopefully this doesn’t have to happen, but if Mathews has another down year it might be time to go another direction even though his contract isn’t up until 2015. I remember when the Chargers drafted Ryan Mathews and just looking at his size people were talking about an LT clone and I’d have to agree.

Well he did have a pro bowl season, but he’s been far too inconsistent and has battled the injury bug. Now under Norv Turner, it probably wasn’t the system for him and had some bad luck (two broken collarbones in one season). I was definitely on the Mathews bandwagon even when he had a down year I still believed in him, but if this season is like last years then I’m going to jump off and not look back.

Now with Ryan Mathews’s replacement, are you ready?

He’s already in the NFL, he’s won of the best backups in the league, and he’ll be a Free Agent on 2014. I’m talking about RB Ben Tate from the Houston Texans. The Texans drafted Tate in the 2nd round in 2010 thinking he’d be their future RB, but some injuries came in and the unexpectedly rise of Arian Foster whom has already signed a long-term contract with Houston. There’s a reason why Houston splits carries between Foster and Tate, so they both can stay fresh and they both have a lot of talent.

That brings problems for Houston, but good news for the Chargers and other teams going after Tate next Free Agency. Arian Foster has already said he doesn’t like splitting carries because he wants to be that featured back which he deserves and Ben Tate has stated publicly his dream is to be an NFL starting RB. He could come back to Houston or the Texans can sign Brian Cushing to a long term deal.

Ben Tate will be a hot committee the off-season which is deserved. Some other teams are the Cleveland Browns who’ve just traded their franchise RB to the Colts for a first round pick. The Browns have already said they’ll be going after Ben Tate and are willing to pay him, but hopefully not too much so the Chargers can get him.

Other teams in need of a RB could be the Oakland Raiders if they don’t resign Darren McFadden and the Jaguars if the don’t resign MJD. I know its early talking about this, but I was thinking about it and got excited so I wrote about it. Their are probably other teams in the hunt so write them down and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • Lee

    i wouldnt mind mjd but he would be asking for a shit ton of money

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Maybe Tebow will be desperate enough to make a position switch after this season. He would be a serviceable ball carrier.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Everyone and their mom is going to want Tate, I’d go 3rd or 4th round pick for his replacement. Not like you have to do a whole lot to replace RM lol.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    MJD would be awesome


    The only RB i really want is Todd Gurley.

    • boltingindiego

      dudes a beast who has some nice speed for a big back.

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    Forget any free agent RBs, too many miles on them.

  • TellTheTruthGorgegirl

    Committee? Or commodity? (Damn text predict)

  • Ioane

    Trade Mathews and a 6th to the Texans for Tate. This would give them Tates replacement and we don’t have to compete for his services.

    • Ernie Padaon

      they would never take that

  • boltingindiego

    while i think tates a good back i think his salary would be too high for the bolts. I have a feeling the Browns are gonna go after him at all costs.

    • Ernie Padaon

      yea… we shouldnt spend too much money for a back… we can get one in the draft for cheap… might as well go that route and spend the money on some pass rush or something

      • tubbs45

        Corner backs… Pass rushers/line backers, O Line, nose tackle, SS

  • MachoMenos

    Incredible how fast people lose faith. I haven’t because, IMO, if we win this year it’ll only be because Eyan has a great year and keeps offenses honest. Both Woodhead and Brown are great in their roles but only with Mathews as the feature back.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Mathews isn’t a #1 RB we’re just stating the obvious …I think he would really excel as a #2
      But it won’t be with the Chargers. Mathews days in SD are numbered.

  • Nick in PB

    I like the scenario except for one thing, next year, we are still going to be carrying some dead weight salary cap wise. We will still be paying for Gaithers services. Not much room now and I doubt next year will be that different although, you never know what is up the sleeve of Telesco. He’s probably already got a plan for that.

  • Stan Zab

    Lets see, we need a CB or 2, A safety, a NT, LT, and probably a couple outside LB’s. A free agent running back should be way down the list of priorities. Need to fix this garbage ass defense ASAP. Draft a RB in the 5th round and hope he’s Alfred Morris #2.

    • boltingindiego

      we might need a safety already spent a 3rd last year on Taylor have to see what he has to offer. LT is also a maybe since dunlap has played solid he might be a stop gap for a couple of years where we can draft and groom a future LT and use other higher draft picks in other areas.

      • Stan Zab

        I did forget about Melvin Ingram (already)…so only 1 outside LB. In any case though, I think its obvious the Chargers are hurting on the defensive side much more than on offense. I’d be fine with Danny Woodhead as the primary back, I like what I’ve seen from him so far. Dunlap is a stopgap, that’s not enough. I’d like to see the bolts spend some money in free agency on a cornerback and draft a nice LT in the first round. Maybe a nose tackle. If they are going to make a splash in free agency I hope its not on a running back. That’s a luxury we can’t afford at this point.

  • Keej Yeej Vwj

    You guys do know Mcoy runs a running back by committee right? Ben Tate is a guy that need the workload, same with Mathews. They are not going to fit in this offense. If the Chargers really want a back in their system, they would look for a Reggie Bush, Lesean Mcoy, or CJ Spiller type of players. Players that can catch the ball. The current role Mathews is playing in SD doesn’t fit him and is only making him look worst. He needs to be in a team like Cleveland, NYG, Chicago, or Pittsburgh to thrive. Thus being said, Mathews is a very good running back. True fact, his YPC this year is greater than Adrian Petersons, Arian Fosters, David Wilsons, Mark ingrams, and many other talented backs under more succesfull franchises. So… whoever thinks Mathews is untalented is uber wrong. Its more of a system fit and he cannot play under SDs current role.

    • boltingindiego

      where are you getting your “true” facts stats his 3.65 ypc is less than AP’s 4.1 and Fosters 3.9. OUT of the 19 backs ahead of him in most rushing yards in the NFL he has a higher ypc on 1 rb and thats beast mode. Mathews is an okay back but he fumbles way too much and is injury prone. Until he fixes those 2 holes he won’t be a workhorse back he will be just be in a committee backfield.

      • Keej Yeej Vwj

        By seasonal facts this year, dont expect him to do well. In a commitee. Also, hes ahead of Ray Rice & Trent

  • Dion Chin

    Would love to have Ben Tate and he’s gonna be a great starting RB somewhere next year. Wish it was with us but he will be way too expensive.

  • Tazzster

    Fozzy! Replace Matthews now!

    We do not have enough cap space to sign a free agent RB.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Tate’s main problem is very much like the issue we already have with our own starting running back- injury prone. I absolutely love Tate when he is on the field, but he just doesn’t have the right durability to keep a 100% workhorse role for an NFL team. Bringing him in might improve the talent level, but may not ultimately pay dividends in the long run. Especially if we have to unload millions to get him.

  • Phillip

    I’m “won” guy who agree’s. Ben Tate will definitely be “won” of the hottest free agents, he’ll definitely be “won” good RB addition for any team. If the Browns pick up Tate that would turn out to be “won” smart move trading T-Rich and getting the Colts number “won” draft pick in 2014.