Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews Future With The San Diego Chargers

Ryan Mathews could be entering his last season with the San Diego Chargers. He had a nice season last year and is expected to have another great season with the team, but Tom Telesco has invested the money in the running back to take over his job already. Tom Telesco already brought in Donald Brown onto the roster this offseason and he Brown could step in and be the starter today.

Kevin Acee was on his chat today and shared his thoughts on Ryan Mathews possibly getting locked up to a long term deal:

Comment From Sergio from Tijuana
What does Ryan Mathews need to do this season to secure a lucrative long term deal with the chargers?

Kevin Acee: Switch positions … He could run for 1,300 yards and score 15 touchdowns, and I don’t think he’d get a “lucrative” contract … I’d root for him to get the best contract he could somewhere, but the Chargers would have Donald Brown and (probably) Danny Woodhead and could find a cheaper back in the draft. That’s not personal against Ryan, just the way it is with running backs now. You won’t see the huge second contracts like you used to.

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If Mathews wants to stick around in San Diego, he can’t expect to make a ton of dough. The position doesn’t call for that high price tag anymore and the team can’t afford to spend a ton of money on three backs. Danny Woodhead will be a free agent at the end of the year also.

The team is going to rely heavily on the 3 backs that are on the roster and that could be the landscape for the future. The team dominated the time of possession game because of the strong running attack. The running game will have more emphasis in our town over other cities and it could be a location that Ryan wants to stay at. Money usually does talk, but Ryan was an LT fan and played up north at Fresno during his college career. He might want to call this his home and take the hometown discount, but…. money does talk.

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  • RZ

    If RM has a great season this year..there’s no way the Chargers let him go.Go RM,GO BOLTZ!!

  • micah

    I can honestly see him taking a “discount” to stay with the team because the difference nowadays from a lucrative contract and a standard contract is only a million or two more. Just look at this year alone. A career backup Toby Gerhart got 3 million and Chris Johnson, a 6 or 7 time thousand yard rusher and a member of the 2,000 yard club. Also the only teams willing to spend more either need serious running back help(usually not playoff teams), or have Adrian Peterson. If Matthews takes a deal with bolts at around 1.8 to 2.5 million I would be fine with that. The only way he leaves is if a playoff team willing to pay 4-5 million for him gives him a deal.

    • Sergio Quintero

      If Ryan is a prideful guy can’t see him taking less than the 3.5 million Brown makes already.

  • micah

    The only way he leaves is if a playoff team willing to pay 4-5 million for him gives him a deal.

  • philiprules

    The thing is the RB situation is pretty much a league wide trend. So most likely no other team is going to throw a ton of cash at him either unless his year is just ridiculous. If he has a good year, I can see offering him a decent amount above what Brown got, because bottom line is in that case he’s much better than Brown.

    • Ernie Padaon

      since it is a league wide thing, it gives us a chance to keep him around. but we would be paying three backs

      • Sergio Quintero

        First off I am a fan of Ryan and I want him to return, but spending 10 million plus on RB’s seems unlikely with keeping the 3 they have already.

        By the 3rd/4th round we are going to be so surprised to see what backs are still available.

  • Daniel Sutter

    RM24 will get a deal! We will have around 40 million maybe more for FA next year. Pretty much guarantee that Ryan gets a chunk of that. If he has a great season the chunk will just be a bit larger. Ryan is amoungst the top backs in the leauge and TT has already shown he likes to keep continuity on his team. RM24 isnt going anywhere. He’ll get a deal just how much is the question…

  • esco charger

    I know we sign Donald Brown but what if he is not insurance for Mathews what if he is insurance for when we dont sign Danny woodhead and draft a RB next year idk a lot of questions to be answered and only one man knows TT

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      I doubt that. Theyr

    • Ernie Padaon

      that would be interesting and could make sense. Brown could fill in as that third down role instead. Fans would HATE that.

      • esco charger

        They would be mad but running back is a young mans position and the oldest one out of the group is woodhead I think they signed brown not to replace Mathews but for insurance in case he goes down

  • http://WWW.BEMCC.ORG Steve Diaz

    I personally hope he stays. He is now turning out to be the runner we thought we drafted. The only way is if we drafted a better back, and we’re not sure if that would turn out to be a bust. Matthews this year should be a proven back. We’ll have to see how Donald Brown performs until any big decision is made.

  • Loco Bravo

    Mathews: One mediocre year out of four is not a durable or quality RB; trade him for a draft choice or dump him on the open market. The Bolts most glaring failings is holding on to a player they originally placed a high regard on – just to have them turn out to be duds.

  • C.Steele

    TT will be keeping Ryan. He is one of the better backs in the league, and his play (like Philips) improved with the offensive line play. Donald, was brought in as a solid back up, because of what happened in the playoffs (No running game when Ryan can’t go). That’s called not making the same mistake twice. Brown has never been successful starter, so the premises that he’s better than Ryan is silly. Finally, TT has shown he will do what it takes to keep his young talent. Ryan is still young, and ascending.