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Fates of Vasquez and Cason will determine direction of team

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    Chargers Insider: Vasquez, Cason moves will hint at direction
    By Kevin Acee
    3:09 P.M. FEB. 9, 2013
    They’re not Pro Bowlers. But, then, the Chargers didn’t have any of those in 2012.
    Guard Louis Vasquez and cornerback Antoine Cason are crucial enough, however, that we will view them as litmus tests over the next month.
    The Chargers have in the past couple weeks reached out to the two unrestricted free agents, and what they ultimately do with those two starters will say much about the franchise’s immediate direction.
    With the new leadership of general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy, it is impossible to predict exactly how the Chargers will proceed in reviving the roster.
    The talk from the new bosses initially has been about building from within but also about patience and playing young guys.
    With so many holes to fill and also the need to eat some contracts, do the Chargers want to commit long-term money (read: good money) to proven, quality, if unspectacular, players? Or do they want to truly rebuild?
    Vasquez had by far his best and most consistent season in 2012, and he’ll get $6 million a year somewhere. Cason finished ’12 strong and plays a premium position, and a team will give him at least $5 million a year and probably more.
    Jettison Vasquez, and the Chargers are truly rebuilding their offensive line. Letting Cason go is placing a lot on Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist. But what Vasquez and Cason deserve (and, more importantly, will get) could be too much for the Chargers to justify.
    The team is in good shape against the cap, especially since they have sworn off a repeat of last year’s free agency foray.
    At present, the Chargers have just $6.5 million in cap space, but they'll loosen up at least that much more by freeing themselves of just a few contracts.
    It is, for instance, difficult to imagine defensive lineman Antonio Garay or linebacker Takeo Spikes being brought back at their present salaries.
    Garay is due $5 million in 2013. A fine backup, he was active just half the games last season. Spikes is due $3 million. He’s 36, a fantastic leader and good player in a limited role.
    Almost $3 million more will likely be saved in the jettisoning of fullback Le’Ron McClain and tight end Randy McMichael.
    Up to another nearly $3 million in cap savings is available by releasing receiver Eddie Royal, left tackle Jared Gaither and/or right tackle Jeromey Clary. While that would involve eating as much as $15 million in dead money against the cap, it would also amount to $11.5 million cash savings.
    Maybe that could be used to offset the $5 million guaranteed to receiver Robert Meachem. Yes, the man who had 14 receptions and was targeted just 32 times all last season is guaranteed $5 million in 2013.
    The Chargers have virtually no dead money at present, which is among the reasons why executive vice president Ed McGuire essentially has a job for life no matter who the general manager is. And none of those preceding numbers should bother Telesco anyway. He helped Indianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson maintain a roster with $35.5 million in dead money last season. The Colts won 11 games with a cheap, young roster.
    What this all means for Shaun Phillips, who led the Chargers with 9½ sacks in the final year of his contract, is that he’ll be wearing different colors in 2013.
    What it means for Vasquez and Cason remains to be seen.
     
  2. matilack

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    I vote lets keep Baxter around as the backup center, and move Molk to LG.

    Vasquez had us by the balls in FA until we hired D'Alessandris, now he's actually somewhat expendable.
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    I was thinking that our undersized backup centers might be better suited to a ZBS situation too.
     
  4. Bolts4lyfe

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    I also vote we cut Clary, We do have Haslam who IMO is a better tackle and is only making 555,000 vs. Clarys 5 mil (or what ever he's making, too early to look it up)
     
  5. Dublin Bolt

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    Wow the first mention of letting McClain go. Where did that come from?, I've been wondering why bother keeping him as a FB because he is no better a blocker than Hester.
     

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