The San Diego Chargers have released tackle Jared Gaither. Gaither was drafted in the 2007 supplemental draft after being declared ineligible to play for Maryland due to academic problems. After declaring for the supplemental draft he was picked in the 5th round by the Baltimore Ravens. A severe head injury in 2009 kept him out of the 2010 season before signing with Kansas City in 2011.
Gaither was claimed by the Chargers that same season and signed a 4 year contract extension with the team the following March. His release will cost the Chargers a cap hit of $6 million for the 2013 season.
The Chargers are making moves ahead of potentially making bigger moves, as the team is set to clear some space by releasing a couple of veterans.
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You can stop waiting on baited breath for the big news to break, because the San Diego Chargers have signed kicker Nick Novak to a four-year, $6.6M contract. Novak went 18-for-20 on field goals last year for the Chargers, kicking for a total of 87 points.
The San Diego Chargers have released Safety Atari Bigby. The 32-year-old signed with the Chargers on March 16th, 2012 and started eleven games, amassing 68 tackles before finishing the year on the injured reserve with a groin injury.
The Chargers save $1.5 million in cap space with the move.
According to ProFootballTalk, the San Diego Chargers are expected to release 15-year veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes.
Last season, the former first round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1998 draft appeared in all 16 games, recording 54 tackles, 0.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
His best season came back in the 2000-01 campaign, when he recorded 109 tackles for the Bengals in 16 games.
The Washington Redskins may show interest for the veteran minimum of $940,000.
It’s the awkward party that won’t end. Scenes have been made, friendships severed, yet nobody will leave. Please, for the love of all that is good. Make it stop.
Norv Turner’s reign of terror in San Diego is expected to end in a couple weeks. If you’re relying on anybody on this team — I’ll never forgive you, Danario — to propel you to fantasy silverware then I don’t know what say. It’s not going to end well.
Or maybe it will. The Chargers will face the Jets and Raiders in their last two games, two teams also waiting for the clock to run out on a miserable season. Chris Johnson gashed the Jets for 122 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. Overall the Jets run defence ranks 28th in the league.
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It’s over. It’s so close to being so over.
One of the worst quarterback-coach relationships will finally end when the 2012 NFL regular season concludes with a move that’s been expected for about two years, yet somehow Chargers head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith have held on. But their employment will end in 25 days, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Acee’s sources tell him that team owner Dean Spanos made the decision to fire Turner and Smith about a month ago, but he’s choosing to wait until the regular season concludes, with both receiving their terminations on Black Monday.
Spanos, sources said, has more recently resigned himself to the fact that Smith can’t be kept in the current environment of plummeting performance and fan unrest.
And unlike last year, when Spanos found enough reason for clemency in a strong finish and past accomplishments, those with knowledge of plans that are already in motion said it seems certain there will be no last-minute change of heart this time.
Spanos is waiting until after the season, more because that is his preferred time to make such moves than due to any faith in the Chargers’ microscopic playoff chances.
It’s pretty easy to summarize why Norv Turner is who he is, and why he’s become the standard for the replacement-level head coach. Yet like most coaching discussions, it’s hard to quantify. Every position on the field has a vast minefield of stats we can poke and prod to make comparisons and use as the root of evaluations. Head coaches have one metric: wins.
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