There are some times when it is just better to admit that you’ve made a mistake. Like if you are a gambler and lose all of your chips on a supposed sure-thing in Blackjack, just walk away. Or if you’re supposed to be on a diet and someone catches you with chocolate syrup all over your face after clearly scarfing down a sundae, just own up to it. Or if you’ve signed a ridiculously lazy offensive tackle that has a history of work ethic and attitude issues, just cut him.
That memo goes out to the San Diego Chargers who are still waffling on what to do with tackle Jared Gaither who is set to cost the team $6.5 million in 2013. Even if released, Gaither would count $6 million against the cap in dead money, but at least he wouldn’t be a cancer in the locker room again like a season ago.
Clearly this is a critical decision in the still young tenure of new General Manager Tom Telesco with the Bolts. He is making sure to cross every ‘T’ and dot every ‘I’. Regarding his take on a conversation with Gaither, the GM told U-T San Diego it was: “Better than nothing. At least I got a chance to talk to him at length and get a feel for him. I wasn’t here last year, so kind of get his side of what happened last year. Nothing new with him right now. Nothing imminent right now.”
While it may seem like a brash decision to give Gaither the boot after just one season, all Telesco has to do is sit down and have a conversation with one of the other guys returning to the locker room from a season ago to understand what really went on with the apathetic tackle. Several veterans said they wouldn’t want him back with the team and the Chargers as a team told him last year not to return to the facilities when he was placed on IR.
It may seem like it’s only the right thing to do to get to know a player and really try to understand what happened last year, but in Gaither’s case, it just isn’t worth it. His impact on the locker room has already been seen a year ago and that clearly didn’t go very well. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.
Did you hear that, Chargers?