By Anthony Blake on April 12, 2014
It’s hard to fault a new regime for very much when it has been so solid during the first year in charge, but the San Diego Chargers have made some missteps this offseason. Though a couple of this mistakes are more mind-boggling than others, each one earned its place on this list. Here are the five biggest mistakes the Chargers have made in preparation for the 2014 NFL season.
As one of Donald Butler’s biggest supporters, this one is difficult to own up to. It’s not the fact that the Bolts re-signed Butler that is the issue; it’s the exorbitant amount of money the deal is potentially worth that causes hesitation. Linebackers aren’t nearly as valuable in today’s NFL as they once were, and allocating so much cap space to one could be a regrettable choice.
Though it’s hard to fault the Bolts for making sure they have a capable backup behind Philip Rivers, signing the 30-year-old Kellen Clemens comes with very little upside potential. He proved to be a more than reliable option should the starter go down last year with the Rams, but it seemed time for the Bolts to turn the page to an era with Brad Sorensen as the No. 2 QB in 2014. Developing a young QB would be a wise move sooner rather than later.
Just when the Bolts thought they would be able to shed the injury-prone bust Larry English, it turns out he’s coming back for one more inevitably disappointing season in San Diego. Since being a first-round pick in 2009, English has missed 28 games due to injury and accumulated a measly 11.0 sacks in total. His only season with clean health was as a rookie, and unfortunately he’ll be back in San Diego once again in 2014.
The false start waiting to happen formally known as Jeromey Clary is set to rake in a cool .55 million in non-guaranteed money in 2014. Cutting him would cost the Bolts absolutely nothing and save fans a ton of curse words being directed at TV screens due to his untimely penalties. Inexplicably he is still a part of the roster at this point, but they still have the draft to find a replacement and then wave goodbye hopefully sometime in May.
As if having the injury-prone, fumble-happy Ryan Mathews and Jack-of-all-trades Danny Woodhead in the backfield wasn’t enough, the Chargers apparently are hoarding RBs like it’s 1995 again with the Donald Brown signing. Clearly a little competition is a good thing, but there comes a point where no one player can get into a rhythm and just robs value from the others. The NFL is a passing league now, so three veteran RBs is questionable at best.
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