Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) warms up prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Chargers ‘no brainer’ for Donald Brown
U-T San Diego
The running back holds high hopes for what joining theChargers offense means, having caught a flash of it last October. He traveled to San Diego with the Colts, whose offense largely was kept off the field, as the Chargers controlled the game. This 

Morning links: Freeney takes pay cut
ESPN (blog)
Former NFL salary cap guy Joel Corry reports San DiegoChargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney took a cut in pay for the upcoming season, reducing total compensation from $3.5 million to $2.5 million. The cut in pay reduces Freeney’s salary cap 

 

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  • Padraigh Keogh

    Why have we not cut Ronnie Brown and cut/restructured Clarys deal yet.
    Still players available that we could get. Also feel should give Alexander a pay as you play deal.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Browns a free agent

    • Stefanie Smith

      Alexander and Brown are not on the roster. They are free agents.

      • Padraigh Keogh

        Yeah I know about Alexander, still thinking should sign him back on a pay as you play. Forgot about Brown.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Then Nix better be better than Franklin immediately this season. No learning curve. Nada.

          • Conor Cahill

            No guarantee Franklin is the same player he was 2 years ago at 33 YO. rather have a 22 YO with a chance at stardom than a 33 YO with a chance at 1 more serviceable year.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Oh that is right. Free agency is worthless. And as to Franklin, why not at least check him out instead of banking on hitting it dead on with an untested rookie or what we have now?

            No guarantee the 22 yr old will be good either. Why would you think he was good at the NFL level? Because he was good in college? And as an immediate starter?

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Man Slow weekend for the Bolts in FA, I wonder if they are going to make any other signings or if that was it.

    • Eli Rodriguez

      I think our free agency is over just because we kinda broke. Any money we have left is to sign our Draft picks.

      • Stefanie Smith

        He could have Clary do a restructure, but he is not doing it. If he wanted cash, he would do it.. He doesn’t want to do anything. That is the reality of it. Heck, he could cut Clary and we would have some spare cap room. Also Rivers and Weddle have both offered to do a restructure. He has not taken them up on it.

        • Eli Rodriguez

          I don’t see the need to make weedle and rivers restructure. They earned the money that they are getting. Clary shouldn’t get that much.

          • Stefanie Smith

            It’s not a pay cut. It is changing their pay into more guaranteed money and in the form of bonuses so that you can get the cap down. Instead of $16 mill in salary hitting the cap, have 6 mill hit the cap in salary and $10 mill for a roster bonus…spread out over more years. The end result is salary cap room

            This is not a pay cut. Restructuring a contract is something different. They do it all over the NFL to make cap room.

          • Eli Rodriguez

            That actually seems like a good idea.

        • Derek

          That makes me believe he is concentrating on building a team with depth this yr not getting the final pieces for a sb run

          • Stefanie Smith

            Nice that somebody at the Chargers organization decided that we don’t need to make an SB run this year. They are turning a one year remodel into a 4-5 year rebuild. We didn’t need a rebuild.

            We are in year 2 of the Grand Experiment.
            Every GM makes misses on the draft. Here’s to hoping that Telesco makes 100% of his draft picks work or else we are looking at additional years before he deems us “SB ready”.

            This was not supposed to take long and starting to look like it is.

            Not saying it was his fault, but Telesco got it wrong on Cox. He can get it wrong on draft picks also. I am one of the many fans that are sick of being told “Maybe next year” ” in a couple of years.” Have heard that already for over 10 years as it is.

          • Conor Cahill

            Why would you think this wasn’t going to take long? We had minimal talent last year before TT took over and we are still strapped by bad AJ signings. Free agency is nearly worthless in football anyway.

          • Stefanie Smith

            We made it to the playoffs. I believe, as many others do, that were are only a couple of players away from an SB. No, this is not a rebuild.

          • Conor Cahill

            Youre getting caught up in signings and teams on paper in March. I’m sure you loved what the Eagles did just a few years ago and were desperate for us to do the same and look what happened. Free agency and big names arent all their cracked up to be, especially when you start taking about releasing and cutting current starters to make room for a 1 year stop gap.

            The best teams do it because they have that luxury because they are managed well. The Chargers were mismanaged for the last 10 years and so yes, we have to dig out of that financial hole before we can ever become big players in free agency. Just who exactly to you expect them to sign this offseason? Revis and Mitchell and Verner and Nicks? With what cash?

          • Stefanie Smith

            We had the money for Verner. I believe he was signed by TB. That was a relatively fair price. We haven’t been at zero. Where did we get the money to sign the backup QB and that other RB Brown?

            That is where we get the money. Royal did a restructure as did others. So that is how it happens. And redoing Clary’s deal. I really cannot see what the reservation is there.

            Fans were looking for difference makers at CB and NT.

            And if we didn’t have the money, why was TT looking at Nicks and Steve Smith? He even made Smith an offer. Obviously, we have the money, then.

          • Conor Cahill

            But, we don’t. We were outbid for those players by teams that actually have the money. Not teams that could maybe, sorta, possible create just enough room to maybe be able to make an offer large enough to bring in expensive/ old free agent talent.

            Maybe our philosophies just dont match but I think trying to build entire teams through the free market (like Denver is trying to do with their defense this season) is absolutely idiotic and is bound to blow up in their faces. I’m pretty sure it will blow up in Denver’s face too.

            It’s the same in the NFL free agent market as it is in every other part of life. Just because you have the money, or can ask for the money, doesn’t mean you have to spend the money.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Cap space is not like saving for college. It’s meant to sign players: FAs, your own players, rookies, etc. What actually is the point of saving the money if that designated money apportioned to the cap is specific to salaries? As part of the collective bargaining agreement, the owners are obligated to spend 90% of it each year on players, not put it into savings.

            Denver signed Manning–pretty big FA signing when they did it. Do you think it hurt them and they would go just as far with Osweiler? Not likely.
            There is no need to go to extremes. No one is suggesting that we sign a ton of free agents. No Charger fan I know expects the organization to go signing like Denver did. Many just wanted a decent experienced NT and CB. Not some scrub picked up simply to fill the position.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Quit with the AJ stuff. He is gone and last year we still went to the playoffs. Other teams do it and no signing an impact player with experience that is good is not worthless. And some inexperienced college kid is the answer? Sometimes, but not totally. No team out there is relying solely on the draft.

            This is year two now.

          • Conor Cahill

            And if Cox was slightly better, he would be on the team and cost us more. We can’t spend money we don’t have.

            Looking at Denver and all their flashy signings, do you think thats smart? Making moves and spending money because they can? If you do, then lets talk again after this season. If you don’t, then why would you think its smart to spend money that we dont have?

            lol you misunderstood my point about free agency. Yes, obviously it has some value, such as being able to relocate players to other teams. As far as the net value it adds, which to me = production – cost, is much more expensive and risky means of acquiring talent for the short term and long term.

            We barely have enough money to sign our draft picks. Yet, you want to spend that money on a 33 YO NT that for some reason you think could be our missing piece to a SB team?

            And ya, minimal talent. considering we didn’t have our best OL and best WR on the team last year, the draft gave us a huge upgrade (at a much, much lower cost of acquisition). This is the first week of year two and we still have no money, take a chill pill.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Restructure or cut Clary. There is the money. If the Saints could do it with less cap space than the Chargers, then I think it is not an insurmountable challenge. Also, as previously stated, Rivers and Weddle said they would restructure. There are ways to get it done.

          • Conor Cahill

            Through the draft…

          • Stefanie Smith

            Sitting on his hands and not doing something about Clary is not building depth. That is being ignorant. I am sorry, That is no genius move on his part.

          • Derek

            I think we just aren’t privy to the details of clary’s situation. This isn’t the jerry jones circus in dallas

  • Derek

    Welp back to draft talk. Still need cb, nt, olb. Abroyo franklin made our defense formidable so this is priority 1 I don’t care who lissemore was last yr it’s a free for all for first and 2nd string duties I say going by bpa between nt n cb we grab our 1st n second picks. I don’t think that high of nix so I say take a cb 1 and take Daquan 2nd. I think nt is a rough position for any rookie star, may have been average in a 3-4 and short would have been horrible. For corner plenty have speed but the height n technique are hard to come by. I say verret or fuller. Olb based or tourek we need to decide how big this is a need for us. I didn’t see him enough to tell.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Aubrayo is still available, I believe. We should have never let him walk to begin with.

      **Yes, he is still out there. I just checked. We should be begging him to re-sign with the Chargers before the Colts re-sign him.

      • Derek

        How did he do with the colts he is getting up there in age by next season he might be a more expensive lissemore. We need to find a Joseph lindval I think he was our best bet at a strong d line next yr

        • Stefanie Smith

          They were happy with him, I guess. You hear no complaints. The only reservation is that maybe he wants more money? Or they are in no hurry to re-sign him? Or Colts have already made and offer and Aubrayo is still shopping? We have plenty experimenting going on as it is with the Chargers. If he can do it, they should sign him. Maybe he doesn’t want to come back here also. That could be it.

          You said that Aubrayo made our defense formidable. Yes, he did. We should at least see if he can still do. Can be no worse than what we have now. I pray he (TT) does not keep sticking rookies with no experience in key spots. Then we sit around and wonder how come it isn’t working.