Report: Tom Telesco Will Not Offer A Major Deal to A Free Agent

By Kenny Gardner
Tom Telesco San Diego Chargers
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

According to Kareem Copeland of, San Diego Chargers GM Tom Telesco addressed spending big money in free agency by saying, “There’s a time and place, but that time and place for it is not this year.”

This quote by the former Indianapolis Colts Director of Player Personnel is not much of a shock because San Diego is about $11 million under the $123 million salary cap set for the 2013 NFL season.

San Diego needs to make improvements in their rushing attack which ranked 31st in yards per attempt, the offense ranked 30th in yards per play and the offensive line ranked fourth in sacks allowed.

San Diego’s front office could be relying on running back Ryan Mathews to bounce back from a terrible 2012 season which ended when he broke his clavicle against the Carolina Panthers.

According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, San Diego will choose an offensive lineman with the 11th pick in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft.

San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception during the 2012 season.  There could be free agent wide receivers available like Wes Welker, Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace, but the asking price for one of these three could eat up most of San Diego’s salary cap space.

I suggested that San Diego’s front office should try to trade for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but he is owed about $10.3 million in 2013 which takes him out of the equation.

Another reason why San Diego’s front office may stay true to Telesco’s word is that Antoine Cason is an unrestricted free agent.  Cason started all 16 games at right cornerback for San Diego in 2012 and the Chargers currently have three cornerbacks under contract who have combined for eight career starts.  Cason’s best years could be ahead of him, and I expect San Diego’s front office to re-sign him.

Louis Vasquez started 30 of San Diego’s last 32 regular season games at right guard.  Vasquez is also considered to be a top priority for the front office to re-sign.

If San Diego is going to dominate the AFC West again as they did from 2006-09, it might have to be by building from within through draft picks instead of free agents.


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