Turnabout is fair play, and for the San Diego Chargers, they almost had to expect something in retaliation for their head coaching hire this offseason. Mike McCoy figures to benefit the Bolts for the foreseeable future, but in the 2013 season, the Denver Broncos may get the most out of this trade-off scenario.
What I am hinting at, of course, is the recent signing of Quentin Jammer by the Broncos on Wednesday. The Chargers’ fierce rival from the Rocky Mountains had already pilfered one lifelong Bolt in Shaun Phillips this offseason, but they just had to continue the raid with this most recent signing.
Many believed that San Diego was still trying to re-sign Jammer despite the recent trend in a younger direction this offseason for the franchise, but now they will be forced to turn the page at cornerback. His career began with the 2002 NFL Draft where the Chargers selected him out of the University of Texas with the fifth overall selection. Jammer’s decade long tenure in San Diego had its fair share of ups and downs, but he was always one a constant in a secondary that experienced plenty of upheaval.
Clearly the Chargers are trending in a younger direction as new General Manager Tom Telesco has purged many of the veteran players held under the watch of former GM A.J. Smith. Whether or not that will ultimately be a good thing remains to be seen, but the Chargers won’t get too far away from their former players.
With the AFC West rivalry held between the two clubs the Broncos and Bolts will battle on two occasions in the upcoming season at one another’s stadiums. McCoy will have his homecoming on the San Diego sideline while Phillips and Jammer will be trying to stop Philip Rivers and company on offense rather than cheering them on.
Leave it to NFL free agency to turn the world of the AFC West upside down.