The San Diego Chargers are holding Jeromey Clary out of OTAs as he recovers from shoulder and hip surgeries he underwent this offseason.
The injuries held Clary out of both of the Chargers’ playoff games last season. While most fans would like to see Clary and his big contract gone, he has been very durable for the Bolts. Last year he started 15 games and has over 90 starts for the Chargers during his career in San Diego. Clary is in the final year of his contract, and it will likely be his last season with the team. He’s owed $4.55 million this year.
Clary’s injury opens the door for rookie guard Chris Watt. The Chargers selected Watt in the third round of the NFL Draft last month. This could be Watt’s time to solidify himself as a viable option in the Chargers’ starting lineup.
During last week’s OTAs Johnnie Troutman took first-team reps and Watt took reps with the second team. It’s likely that Watt will get his chance to work with the first team during this week’s OTAs.
Clay’s timetable to return from injury is unknown up to this point, but he could be back on the field as soon as training camp. In his absence Watt needs to show he belongs with the starters and prove he’s worth the third-round pick the Chargers used on him.
It’s highly unlikely the Chargers cut Clary, but if Watt emerges as viable starting option they could cut Clary and save the $4.55 million they owe the veteran.