Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) celebrates after a sack during fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Chargers Consider Using the Franchise Tag?

The time for teams to use their franchise tags on upcoming free agents is coming. Should the Chargers use their franchise tag this season?

The biggest name that is becoming a free agent for the Chargers is Donald Butler. Should the Chargers consider using the tag on Butler to keep him in a Chargers uniform for one more season?

Butler is a key player to the defense and is one of the better players on the defensive roster. He is someone that the Chargers need to keep on the roster, but with the team strapped for cash, it doesn’t make sense for the team to use the tag on him. The team needs to figure out another way to keep him on the roster. They need to figure out a way to work a multi-year contract with the free agent that won’t destroy the team’s future.

The team needs to find a way to keep any talent that they have on the defensive side of the ball. Butler is one of the players that hits hard and makes plays. He needs to be part of this roster in the future. We can’t afford to lose talent.

No franchise tag, but find a way to get a multi-year deal done.

Would you consider using the tag on him?

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  • davacho

    no tag. what is it? average of top 3-5 salaries at that position? that’s a big cap hit. get the deal done… scary to think of who we’d have replace him if not… FA? no one currently on team that instills confidence imo.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      takeo spikes? ha

    • Mark Viguri

      Butler’s replacement is already on the team, Manti. Chargers can then either draft another ILB or just resign Walker.

      • boltingindiego

        as of right now manti is butlers sidekick hes not ready to be an everyday down lb like butler. walker hasn’t been a full time starter either in his career. pretty risky to have non full time starters playing the qb of defense when were built to have success right now with the offense.

        • Mark Viguri

          You’re right Manti playing on a broken foot all year was no where close to a healthy Butler. Just saying that the Chargers (now post AJ) always draft the same position where a vets contract will be up. Not saying it’s a good move but is it one Telesco could live with?

      • davacho

        sorry man- but that makes NO sense… you know we run a 3-4 right? manti has one side and butler the other… you are trying to swap and not replace which was my point.

        • Mark Viguri

          Chargers run a 3-4 but can guarantee there would be a lot more 4-3 with Allen, Liuget, Reyes and Tuck. Teams that can rush only front four tend to win Super Bowls. And remember Chargers might be down 1 ILB if Telesco can’t resign Butler. Those four with a healthy Manti as MLB sounds good to me.

          • davacho

            Remember chargers may be down 1 ilb?????? Dude, this is what the article is about! Lol. I think u may be crazy, but that’s cool- ur a fan. : )

            The point is who will be our starting ilb? I like manti for one spot. We should sign butler to a multiyear deal.

            Also, who is tuck? Ur loco.

          • Mark Viguri

            That’s funny, who’s Tuck ok. What you want the Chargers to do and what happens aren’t always the same. Don’t think the Chargers are worried if Telesco can’t sign Butler they played part of the year without him. Manti on a borken foot and Walker filled in. Oh and then there’s the draft. Telesco didn’t do half bad last year. It’s business do the Chargers invest in Butler a very good ILB who also gets hurt?

          • davacho

            LMAO! i don’t even know what to say to you. enjoy your day. : )

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  • Robert Weisfeld

    Simple YES

  • Jordan Denning

    I wouldn’t be opposed. If I recall correctly, we will have a ton of money freed up after next season. So using the franchise tag to get through one season, then a long term deal after wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen.

  • Mark Viguri

    Telesco always has that card to play but he should trim the fat elsewhere and lock up Butler with a reasonable contract as Butler does tend to get hurt. Is it time to let a seldom used FB go? Cut clipboard Jesus? Clary did well but at $6 Mil a bit pricey and then what about throwing in a couple blockbuster trades maybe even one with a very talented future H.O.F. TE (Gates) to acquire that elusive shut down corner or franchise OT. Will be interesting to see if Telesco is better at locking up talent than AJ. Yeah it’s a low bar.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Maybe. We’ll have to see how things go. I like Butler, but I wouldn’t over pay for him, just because our options are limited.


    Pay the Butler.

  • Julien Bélair

    NO she shouldn’t because if we do and he performs well like he should next season then the contract will be much bigger !!

  • Bill Nichols

    Easy answer is…. “Whatever the hell Telesco thinks”. I trust dude will do what is best.