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NFL San Diego Chargers

Who is safe on the San Diego Chargers roster?

San Diego Chargers

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The San Diego Chargers have a 6-9 record this season and will miss the playoffs for the third season in a row.  San Diego has been on a decline since they lost to the New England Patriots in the 2007 playoffs.

Two guys who should be gone are general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner.  Smith is in his 10th season as San Diego’s general manager while Turner is in his sixth season as head coach.

San Diego went from two playoff wins during the 2007 season to one in 2008, none in 2009, had a 9-7 record in 2010, an 8-8 record in 2011 and will finish 2012 with a 7-9 record if they beat the Oakland Raiders tomorrow.

Philip Rivers is guaranteed to come back next season.  Rivers is the franchise quarterback and while he has struggled at times the last two seasons, the offensive line has been horrible this season.

Rivers is signed through the 2015 season and it would be pointless to trade him.  If the Dallas Cowboys fail to make the playoffs, one would have to believe that they will try to trade Tony Romo.  A Rivers for Romo trade would benefit Dallas more than it would benefit San Diego which makes it pointless for San Diego to consider it.

Rivers is signed through the 2015 NFL season and if San Diego puts better pieces around him, he could play like he did from 2008-2010.

Eric Weddle is safe as well because the two time All-Pro free safety is signed through the 2015 season and is the leader of a much improved defense this season.

I expect tight end Antonio Gates to return, but the injury prone running back Ryan Mathews could be on the trading block during the off-season.

This team needs to make changes, but only time will tell if the right ones are made during the off-season.