San Diego Chargers Should Extend Ryan Mathews’s Deal This Offseason

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a short gain during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was a big reason for the team’s success last season. He racked up 1255 yards on the ground and 7 touchdowns for the season. His running style wore down opposing defenses. He ran hard and picked up big chunks of yards on offense.

He will be entering his 5th and final year of his contract and the team really should consider extending his contract. He is coming off of his best season as a pro and expectations are high for him next season. If he is able to put together another nice season, then the team will risk losing him in free agency. He could command even more money next season if he were able to put together another good season as well.

If Ryan would accept a reasonable deal, then the team should make it happen. He is a solid running back that can carry the load on offense. If Ryan wants to break the bank, then we will have to let him walk in free agency in a year and we will have to find a cheaper alternative in the draft.

Should the Chargers look to renew Ryan’s deal?

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • Mark Viguri

    Yeah the Chargers sure missed Ryan vs. Denver in the playoffs. I loved the break away run Ronnie Brown had vs. Cincy but the Bolts need to find another young back maybe in the later rounds of the draft.

  • Derek

    Most deff. I love him for the growth he has done under the pressure of replacing lt through the injuries and aj smith idea of addition through subtraction. Him plus another balanced runner like Morris or Tolbert would be beautiful. I say we hold off on another scat back like Danny since we got him for another yr atleast.

    • Padraigh Keogh

      Bringing back Tolbert would be awesome. It would also allow us to save some money by letting Le’Ron go. Tolbert can play Full and Running Back. John Philips can play Full when Mike is Running

      • Derek

        I heard part of the reason he left was because he missed Carolina so we can’t compete with home. But I had my eye on Toby gerhart, playing under ap u know he got a pair of fresh legs.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Word! I’d rather do it through the draft, but if we didn’t I’d love for us to get Gerhart.

        • Julien Bélair

          Id love Gerhart and draft Thomas

          • Derek

            Logan Thomas??? As a tight end right? You don’t teach accuracy in the nfl at that point it’s about where you should put the ball to give ur reciever the best chance of catching it. Just though about it twice ur tlking deanthony Thomas the Oregon ow duhh i dono about him either, he lost snaps after his injury to an underclass man Kansas state has one too. I’d leave that one up to the combine.

          • Ernie Padaon

            hahahahaha… not logan thomas!!! haha…

          • Julien Bélair

            haha ya no the speedy thomas from oregon

  • Julien Bélair

    Extend him but bring a young blood to share some carries in a near future

  • Peter Thompson

    Pay the Man!

    If I am the Chargers…. Yes, I would try to extend his deal, before his price goes up.

    If I am Ryan Mathews, I would want a decent pay day. If he has another year like this one, he would be able to command much more money. If the Chargers are just going to give him the lowball deal, I would expect him to turn it down. It would have to be a fair dollar amount, and I wouldn’t hate on him for turning down a less-than-fair deal.

    • Julien Bélair

      I think Ryan really wants to stay all his career here in SD if he gets the opportunity

      • Peter Thompson

        I hope so, but it depends on the attitudes of the parties involved, and what the Charger’s “plans” are. Here is what I mean by that.

        McCoy & Whisenhunt snubbed Mathews pretty good when they came here, and were treating him pretty much like Norv was… only giving him the ball between the 20′s, despite Mathews showing that he had turned a corner. Obviously, that changed over the season, when they realized that he could carry the team on his back.. even more so than Philip could, at times. The reason I think they did that, is because when they got here, they had seen & heard everything we had been seeing & hearing.. that he was injury-prone, had fumblitis, and lacked vision. More importantly, I think they viewed him as “Norv & AJ’s guy”.

        It was too bad, really. Mathews SHOULD have had something more like 1,500+ yards, 9 or 10 TD’s, and a pro bowl selection. However, McCoy & Whisenhunt refused to let him do what we signed him for, until almost 7 games had passed. They kept pulling him from the game, and handing Woodhead the glory of the goal line TD, when Mathews had worked so hard for the tough yards. It was rough to watch, and I felt bad for him, as a fan.
        I think their perception of Mathews has changed now. But, I would make damn sure that they weren’t focused on the next guy they are going to draft… “Their Guy”.. if I were Mathews. I would bounce if I smelled anything fishy. And I wouldn’t blame him for doing it, whatsoever. I like TT & McCoy, but I am not crowning them as being “A Great GM, and a Great Coach” until I see them reacting to what’s right in front of their faces in a more professional, and timely manner. They dragged their feet on some really important stuff this year.. this was one of those situations.

        • Julien Bélair

          hmmm I don’t know I think they handle the situation perfectly. Let me explain.

          First TT did not draft a RB and get nobody to carry the load out of Mathews (woodhead is a rotational player). So they were ready to roll the dice with him.

          Now Mathews does have a injury and fumble history. So they give him the on less important situation (out of the redzone) to build his confidence and it give him the opportunity to show them (and us) that he turned the corner. When they though he was ready they give him the ball more and more and even in the redzone.

          All the that took only 6-7 games. Not bad. And now they love him as they should BUT he still has injury history and we can argue that we lost to the Donkeys because of his injury. So his value is really really hard the determine.

          • Peter Thompson

            Either way, I think he is out of the woods now. You could also argue that we lost the Denver game because TT kept Ronnie Brown on the roster, instead of signing a back up who could fill in adequately, if Mathews got hurt. Mathews didn’t get seriously hurt until week 18, and STILL played through it.. which is pretty good for a workhorse back.
            We all knew that Ronnie Brown wasn’t the answer before the season began, but TT made no attempt to draft a RB, or bring in a decent backup. I put that one on TT. His faith that Ronnie Brown was still a good back, was puzzling to most of us. He just isn’t good anymore, no matter how much you like the guy. It never ceases to amaze me how our coaches & GM’s have so much trouble seeing what the average fan sees as plain as day. Maybe they are trapped in the bubble, and can’t see it like we do? Totally baffling to me.

          • Julien Bélair

            I know right ? It is so obvious that he can’t run anymore. I guess they completely love his blocking and receiving abilities because I don’t get it. Hopefully this issues will be fix this offseason.

            Ps: I still miss my all time favourite Chargers LT21

  • Bill Nichols

    Pay da man……. He has some good tread left on those tires. I would suspect we haven’t seen his best season yet. Next year baby, next year, 1500 yards and 10 TD’s. Bolt Up!!

    • Peter Thompson

      I agree 110%.

    • Julien Bélair

      If he doesn’t get hurt again

  • Nick Mansoor

    If Ryan wants to break the bank then i dont have a problem with him walking. We should however look into getting a younger, more affordable back in the draft in case if Ryan wants a lot of money. De’Anthony Thomas wohld be a sweet pickup

    • Ernie Padaon

      I like Thomas a lot in the draft too, but I don’t think he is a back that can carry the same load that Ryan Mathews can take. He would be a nice change of pace back and could jump in at the slot also. He would also be a great player to place in at kick returner and punt returner.

      • shane

        we already have woodhead filling that role as versatile change of pace back…can’t use a decent pick on thomas for practically the same type of unproven player. doesn’t make sense

        • Julien Bélair

          Thomas is way more explosive and returns kicks way better too. Also there is one year left on woodhead’s contract and he could command more money and he will be almost 30. I say Thomas would be a perfect fit

        • Ernie Padaon

          i wouldnt take thomas till the 5th round… seems worthy of a selection in that round. Thomas also adds the ability to return kicks

          • Nick Mansoor

            if the 4th round comes and we have already drafted a CB, S and Pass rusher, then i don’t see why we would pass on Thomas if he is still available. but if he is still available in the 5th, then even better

        • Nick Mansoor

          Woodhead has one year left on his contract, yes he is good at what he does, but our running game lacks that extra “Oopmh” and i really think that Thomas would fit perfectly in this situation. If we do pick him up, i really dont think he wont get that many first team reps, he would most likely be our return specialist. Give him a season for development and then were talking. If we keep Ryan, Thomas will give him a run for his job and then things will get interesting. Plus hes projected to hit the later rounds in the draft, THIS KID IS A STEAL

      • Julien Bélair

        Bring thomas even if we extend mathews. Thomas is more an X factor like mccluster and if he performs then don’t resign woodhead

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