The San Diego Chargers claimed Micheal Spurlock off waivers on November 28, 2012 and he was a factor in their return games. Spurlock led the team in yards per punt return while he was second in yards per kick return to go along with a punt and kick return touchdown.
According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, “Wide receiver Michael Spurlock is still weighing options in free agency, potentially to sign with his fourth team in three years. That movement around the league largely has been stabilized by the presence of special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.”
Gehlken continued by saying “Bisaccia, in his first year with the Dallas Cowboys, recruited Spurlock to the Ole Miss Rebels out of high school. Bisaccia left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Spurlock later joined him. Bisaccia left for the Chargers, where Spurlock followed.
Spurlock played seven games with San Diego and was a major reason why they went from 22nd in yards per punt return in 2011 to 15th in 2012, so having him for a full season would be huge for them. According to Gehlken, a return to San Diego has not been ruled out for Spurlock.
San Diego’s kick return game should be fine without Spurlock because Richard Goodman ranked first on the team in yards per kick return in 2011 and 2012.
The Chargers are about $7 million under the NFL salary cap, so this could be a factor in deciding whether or not Spurlock is brought back. Eddie Royal was terrible in 2012, but he ranks sixth among active players with an average of 11.1 yards per punt return for his career, so he could be better in 2013.
Spurlock should be brought back because Goodman missed nine games in 2012 and Royal missed six, so having a backup for Goodman and competition with Royal makes sense. If Spurlock is brought back, San Diego could have two threats at the punt and kick returner positions.