Change is an inevitable part of life. As much as we as human beings become complacent at times, the fact remains that we all realize things can never stay the same forever. With the San Diego Chargers, many fans had begun to question that rationale with the franchise’s continuous refusal to fire Norv Turner year after mediocre year. It seems that the wait may finally be over and having Turner fired as the team’s head coach may not be the only change that happens in San Diego this offseason.
A number of Bolts who have been around for a while will likely be playing somewhere other than San Diego in 2013. It seems highly likely that if the team parts ways with Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith as expected, they will also be looking to purge much of the roster that was built by his hand. Players like Shaun Phillips, Jeromey Clary, Quentin Jammer, and Antoine Cason may all be wearing new uniforms next year.
As much as the team would like to rid itself of tackle Jared Gaither along with wide receivers Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, the cap hit that it would require to cleanse the franchise of their exorbitant contracts will likely prevent that from happening. Of the three, both Gaither and Royal seem the most likely to go with Gaither’s cap hit coming in at $6 million and Royal another $3 million. It seems worthwhile compared to paying those players for years to come to sit on the sidelines injured. Unfortunately $5 million is guaranteed to Meachem in 2013 whether the Bolts like it or not and perhaps a new coaching staff can make better use of him in their offense.
Other faces possibly leaving from the offensive line are both guards Tyronne Green and Louis Vasquez who will be free agents as well. Green will likely command a hefty sum on the open market while Vasquez has had modestly consist play during his tenure with the Bolts. Expect the team to try and keep him in an effort to maintain some sense of continuity.
To sum things up, it won’t just be the front office and coaches roaming the sidelines changing next year for this disappointing Chargers team. There will be plenty of players moving on from the Bolts as well and some of them are prominent names that the fans have known and loved for years. The term rebuilding has its fair share of negative connotations attached to it, but for the Bolts, this offseason will be the very definition of that word.
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