The cheap san diego chargers jerseys have severed ties with wide receiver Robert Meachem, who became a multimillion-dollar mistake for the organization.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Chargers have released Meachem, per a source who spoke to the receiver. The team later officially confirmed the move.
The Chargers will pay $5 million to get rid of Meachem, according to U-T San Diego. He still counts $6.875 million against the 2013 salary cap and additional dead money in 2014.
Meachem was a high-priced signing by the previous Chargers administration after he spent four productive seasons with the New Orleans Saints. His signing could be pointed to as one of the reasons former Chargers general manager A.J. Smith now is employed by the Washington Redskins.
Meachem never fit well in San Diego, and his disastrous 2012 campaign (just 14 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns) buried him on the depth chart heading into this season.
The seven-year pro suffered a concussion during Thursday's preseason finale, but it is likely that Meachem's status on the team was decided well before the injury.
Meachem never was a good bet to see much playing time this season, even with the san diego chargers jerseys cheap' lack of receiving depth. The question always was about if the team wanted to pay him to go away.
Philip Rivers was once a part of the elite quarterbacks discussion but now it seems as if his job may be in jeopardy if he can’t turn it around this season. The new regime is not tied to Rivers in any way and would be justified to develop a quarterback of the future. Rivers’ 47 turnovers during the last two years is second only to Mark Sanchez and his 49 sacks last season were 11 more than his previous career high. His 3,606 yards were 1,000 fewer than 2011 and his worst output since 2007.
And while it's a fairly worthless stat, his 94.5 career passer rating is the fifth-best of all active quarterbacks, but he hasn’t been better than 88.7 in the last two seasons. This is a make or break season for Rivers and it isn't looking favorable as the cheap chargers jerseys have dealt with a rash of injuries at the receiver position, including losing Denario Alexander for the season. More on that below.
The chargers jerseys cheap would be lucky to escape this season with a .500 record and anything better than that should be considered a great success. Outside of the Broncos, the AFC West is pretty awful and they catch a break with the rest of their schedule as they will be playing the 2nd easiest schedule based on wins and losses last season. Even still, I just don’t see that talent on this roster to produce more than eight wins.
Right now it appears to be their inability to stay healthy. Antonio Gates hasn’t played a full season since 2009 with a nagging foot injury but that becomes even more important as it seems almost every single one of the Chargers receivers have dealt with some type of injury this preseason. Most importantly, Denario Alexander is lost for the season after tearing his ACL and that leaves Vincent Brown and Malcolm Floyd as the two starters. Floyd has been dealing with a knee injury of his own and even though Floyd dodged a bullet with a negative MRI, he has yet to play an entire full season in his nine-year career and no one knows how prepared he will be for the regular season after missing all of the preseason action. As for Brown, he has an injury history of his own. He missed all of 2011 with a broken ankle and missed significant time in training camp due to a pulled hamstring. Even third-round rookie Keenan Allen is coming off a PCL injury that he suffered in his final season at Cal and that just covers the receivers. Throw in running back Ryan Mathews, who has missed 10 games during his first three years and you can’t find one single offensive skill player who is a reliable option to carry you through an entire season.
The defensive side of the ball isn’t immune to injuries either. They will be without Melvin Ingram for at least the first six games and most likely more after placing him on the PUP from an ACL tear in May. Every team has to deal with injuries in the NFL, but they are piling on in San Diego, and the team isn’t really even that good to begin with.
The Chargers have to be very satisfied with their 2013 draft class as they drafted potential stars with their first three picks. But they drafted potential and all three must mature as football players. The Chargers first pick and 11th overall, DJ Fluker is a mauler of a tackle and probably the best run-blocking tackle in the entire class, but he really struggles in pass protection and needs to work on his lateral agility. Team will look to exploit that by lining up their best pass-rusher over Fluker even if it is on the right side.
If the fake girlfriend circus surrounding Manti Te’o leading up to the draft was good for anything it was that it made people talk about that rather than his awful performance in the national championship game against Alabama. That’s not to say Teo isn’t a good player, in fact, I was surprised he fell out of the first round, but he does have a lot of areas of improvement at the NFL level. He needs to attack the line of scrimmage and plug the hole rather than waiting for the play to come to him … if he doesn’t do that, then he is in for a long rookie season. In the third round, the Chargers selected Keenan Allen and he may prove to be the most successful at the NFL level. Allen reminds me a lot of Vincent Jackson and may give Rivers that big body presence that he has missed since Jackson left for Tampa Bay.
The roster moves are flying in from the San Diego Chargers today, just one day after the final roster cut down to 53 players. Here's a run-down of everything that has happened.
Tom Telesco started off his day by trading a conditional 2015 seventh-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for DE Sean Lissemore. Lissemore is a true "space eater" that doesn't get pushed backwards. He is exactly what you want in a backup defensive end if you're running a 3-4 system, which the Chargers are and the Cowboys are not any more after bringing in Monte Kiffin.
Drake Nevis, a defensive lineman drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, was claimed by Telesco (who was a part of the Colts' front office that drafted him). He'll replace Brandon Moore, who has potential but probably isn't ready to be on an NFL roster.
Terrell Manning, a fifth round pick by the Green Bay Packers last year that struggled with injuries and other health issues during his rookie season, was claimed to provide depth at the inside linebacker position. He'll replace another former Packer in D.J. Smith.
Reggie Walker was a special teams standout in Arizona under Ken Whisenhunt and has been signed by the Chargers after being released by the Cardinals. Kevin Spencer, who is the special teams coach in San Diego, was Walker's special teams coach in Arizona as well. Reggie served as special teams captain for the Cardinals in 2012, although it's doubtful he'll have that same title in San Diego after not being with the team during the preseason.
Nick Becton, Thomas Keiser and Marcus Cromartie have all been signed to the Chargers practice squad. Offensive tackle, outside linebacker and cornerback are probably the three areas in which the team has the most depth issues, so this should be music to the ears of San Diegans.
To make room for the new additions to the roster, defensive end Damik Scafe was placed on injured-reserve and will miss the entire season. Also, linebacker D.J. Smith and defensive end Brandon Moore were released.
It would appear that the team got better at some key positions, and have built a good base for their practice squad this season as well. Another good day for Tom Telesco, it would seem.