Many personnel moves made by the San Diego Chargers thus far have shown just how committed to change the organization actually is. Despite that fact, the Bolts can’t simply make changes for the sake of change and that is where several of their current remaining unsigned free agents stand at the moment. There are some players who have been with the team for a while now, but should not be calling somewhere new home anytime soon.
At the top of that list is defensive end Vaughn Martin, who the team has said is at the top of its to-do list at this point. He may not be a headline getter, but Martin has been a steady ascending talent in the Bolts’ 3-4 defensive alignment since being drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Western Ontario. Given the fact that the team lost both Aubrayo Franklin and Antonio Garay this offseason, Martin must be retained to provide quality depth along the defensive line. The statistics might not support this statement, but Martin is a difference maker for the Chargers up front and they should do what is necessary to keep him in San Diego.
Another veteran that has gotten a lot flack over the years is cornerback Quentin Jammer, who at 33 years of age is nearing the end of his career. There doesn’t appear to be much interest in Jammer in what has been a saturated market for defensive backs to this point. With his age set to roll over to 34 in June, it may be time to explore moving the move to safety that has eventually been mandatory for a number of greats at the corner spot in the past. From Rod Woodson to Charles Woodson, even the best of the best have made the transition successfully. Why couldn’t Jammer fill the safety void for a year or two more in San Diego?
Even though the Chargers have been in a downtrend recently, that doesn’t mean the team needs to purge its entire roster. The Bolts need to address their defensive needs to keep that side of the ball intact for the upcoming year because it was the only bright spot in what was a relatively dim season. Hopefully the team can come to terms with these two guys and get them back into the mix for 2013 as the new regime of Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco takeover the franchise.