LA Chargers that might retire: 2. Virgil Green
Virgil Green has been great over the last three seasons in serving as the team’s best blocking tight end. Never really a threat in the passing game, Green provided the blocking that Antonio Gates could not late in his career and that Hunter Henry had to develop in early in his career.
Green was having a fairly solid season, continuing to be a decent-enough blocker at his age 32 season. In Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green caught his annual touchdown pass on a great ball (and catch) in the back of the end zone.
However, Green came down awkwardly on his ankle and had to be helped off the field. The injury turned out to be a lateral ankle sprain and Green was placed on the Injured Reserve.
Unfortunately, that probably will be the last snap that Green plays in the NFL, but at least he got to go out on a scoring play (and a Chargers win). A 33-year-old blocking tight end just does not have much of a market, especially when they are coming off of an ankle injury that prematurely ended their season.
I could see Green getting signed to a one-year deal and getting a chance in training camp somewhere but I would be hard-pressed in believing that he will make a roster somewhere. There is just too much tight end talent, and young tight end talent at that, in the league.