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 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.