Many fans were preparing themselves for Drue Tranquill to leave the LA Chargers this offseason. When the Bolts signed Eric Kendricks as the team's first free-agent move, it was essentially guaranteed that Tranquill would be leaving.
Before the offseason, Tranquill was expected to get a multi-year contract worth $7-8 million per season. At that price, with the future status of the salary cap, the Bolts simply were not going to be able to make it happen.
Instead, Tranquill's market completely evaporated. All the linebacker could muster was a one-year, $3 million (with incentives) contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. This was controvesial as the Chargers could have spent less on Tranquill that they did on Kendricks. Instead, Tranquill is joining a rival.
To make matters worse, Tranquill had to throw a subtle shot toward the Chargers when he was being introduced on the Chiefs. Of course he is going to hype up his new team, that is common practice, but to outwardly call it the "right side" publicly? That stings.
Chargers fans are outraged after Drue Tranquill's subtle shot at LA.
Tension was already high within the fanbase when it came to Drue Tranquill and this is just the icing on the cake. There seems to be a trend of former Chargers not saying the greatest things about the organization and this simply continues that.
Once again, to be fair to Tranquill he is not going to join the Chiefs and sit there yearning for his former team which also happens to now be his rival. That would be even weirder for him to do, especially considering he spent four (not 10) years with the organization.
But that does not take away all of the juice that was in his comments, which seemed to be very intentional and very pointed. It is impossible to blame any Chargers fan for feeling personally attacked by this after rooting hard for Tranquill for multiple seasons.
The best thing the Chargers can do now is prove Tranquill wrong and overthrow the Chiefs atop the AFC West. It is going to be an extremely daunting and difficult task but that is the only way the team can properly respond and prove him wrong.