“I’d love to come back to the Chargers. I’ve had conversations with them. I totally understood the direction they were going in. They said the door wasn’t completely closed. Hopefully maybe down the road a little bit, the Chargers will offer me something.”
San Diego chose the former Texas Longhorns cornerback with the fifth pick in round one of the 2002 NFL Draft. Jammer made a First-team All-Big 12 in 2000 and 2001 while he was an All-American in 2001.
Jammer never made the Pro Bowl in his 11 NFL seasons all with San Diego, but one could argue that he was snubbed at times. He ranked seventh in the NFL with 18 passes defended in 2005, ranked sixth with 19 in 2008 and only allowed 41 receptions while being targeted 78 times in 2009 which ranked ninth in the league.
The 2011 season was awful for Jammer when he allowed 10.2 yards per pass attempt and six touchdowns. His 2011 season could be attributed to his divorce, but he allowed 8.6 yards per pass attempt last season which ranked 75th in the league.
Jammer’s struggles over the last two seasons more than likely led to San Diego going in a different direction as opposed to re-signing the veteran and asking him to mentor a young CB.
San Diego’s front office signed former Jacksonville Jaguars CB Derek Cox to a four-year deal, but they still lack depth at the position especially with Marcus Gilchrist attempting to move from CB to strong safety.
Jammer will be 34 years old when the 2013 season begins, and while his 2012 season was better than his 2011 campaign, one has to wonder how much he has left in the tank. If San Diego re-signs Jammer, they should move him to SS and keep Gilchrist at CB to go along with Cox in the starting lineup.