Forgettable Gaither era over in San Diego

Jared Gaither's long-expected release from the Chargers has finally come.

The new regime promised to consider keeping Gaither, but it was highly doubtful the massive and talented Gaither was going to be kept in San Diego. Gaither reportedly was a target of disdain in the locker room after a back injury lingered for months last season. He signed a four-year, $26 million deal last year, but he ended up playing in just four games. Injuries have kept Gaither off the field his entire career.

He made $9 million last season and he counts more than $6 million against the salary cap this year. It’s far from ideal. But Gaither cannot be counted on and the San Diego locker room doesn’t trust he will be on the field. So, as expected, the Chargers moved on.

Left tackle is the team’s biggest need. Expect the Chargers to target one, likely Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, with their first-round pick in next month's draft.