Good morning. Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap provides some overall thoughts on how the San Diego Chargers handled free agency this offseason.
Fitzgerald acknowledges that Chargers general manager Tom Telesco’s hands were tied because he inherited a team that is tight against the salary cap. However, like others, Fitzgerald was not a fan of San Diego signing running back Donald Brown in free agency.
He believes not releasing or re-working the contract of offensive guard Jeromey Clary is a mistake. Clary is set to make $4.55 million in 2014. Fitzgerald also writes the $3.5 million the Chargers are set to pay receiver Eddie Royal could be better spent elsewhere.
Fitzgerald gave credit to San Diego for re-signing foundational players like Donald Butler, Chad Rinehart and Darrell Stuckey, but still handed the Chargers a C-minus grade overall for the team’s efforts in free agency. Fitzgerald:
The Chargers were a playoff team last season which makes free agency very difficult for a team with limited resources to improve. While I disliked the signing of Brown and keeping Royal, I can’t get on their case too badly since there was little the team could do this year.
“One of the smart things that I think they have done is resisting the temptation to possibly rework the contracts of Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, and Eric Weddle for cap relief. It will take another year before the new regime can really put a stamp on the team and in order to maintain that ability they need to keep the veterans on their current deals and take short term band aid contracts for the other positions.
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