Every offseason every team has to deal with the NFL Salary Cap, the CBA and their own free agents. Guys you know. Players you don’t have to guess about. Your veterans.
Every GM is different and every team is built via it’s own nuance. Having so many key Unrestricted Free Agents at a time when your team is not necessarily a preferred destination is not good planning.
One position really jumps out at you when you review the list.
TE Antonio Gates – UFA
TE Ladarius Green – UFA
TE John Phillips – UFA
The depth chart for Philip Rivers safety blanket (otherwise known as TE in the NFL) is two year veteran Asante Cleveland claimed off waivers from the New England after being signed as a UDFA by the 49ers and has a total of one NFL career reception. Sweet eh?
Asante who? Tom Telesco has put the Chargers in a tough place letting both his all-world, future HOF TE Antonio Gates and the freak of nature known as Ladarius Green become Unrestricted Free Agents at the same time. Adding John Phillips to the list just makes it worse.
DeMarcus Ware went from Dallas to find a ring in Denver. Might Gates decide he wants to do the same? DeMarco Murray stayed in the division after leading the league in rushing and still has plenty of years in the tank to the chagrin of his old team. Might Green end up in San Francisco or perhaps Oakland where he could torment the team that hasn’t let him start on a regular basis? Of course it can happen.
Why was Philip Rivers resigned if the aim is to make certain he has no weapons other than a slightly built WR who is showing he is perhaps injury prone? We will find out if Telesco is worth the money if he navigates these waters successfully. One has to think however that if the Chargers do begin 2016 with any depth at TE it will have come at a premium price as the team has zero leverage.
Perhaps the team should worry more about what they have to play with rather than where they want to do it?
What say you Sports Nation?
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