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Remember When Jared Gaither Looked Like An Option?


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He seems to have made quite an impression on the Chargers:


The San Diego Chargers' acquisition of left tackle Jared Gaither last season was viewed universally as a boom or bust signing. It turned out to be an epic bust for former general manager A.J. Smith.

New general manager Tom Telesco made the decision to cut the organization's loss. The Chargers announced Wednesday that Gaither has been released. The move will cause a significant amount of dead money to be placed on San Diego's salary cap this season, but Gaither basically was a lost cause to the Chargers after an awful year. The Chargers will eat a $6 million cap hit not to keep him on the roster.

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Gaither was handed $13.5 million in guaranteed money last season, including $8 million to sign. He wound up starting four games and was questioned openly about his work ethic. Teammates and writers suggested Gaither was milking a back injury and that he really didn't want to play.

"I can't even look him in the eye," one veteran Charger told U-T San Diego's Kevin Acee in December. Another one said: "(Expletive) Gaither. He (expletive) cost us big-time."

Two teams that need tackles have given up on Gaither in successive seasons. He's supremely talented, but it's safe to say he won't get a huge (expletive) contract from an NFL team ever again.


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Oh man, I had forgotten about that. Between that and the Super Mario petition, last offseason was pretty funny in hindsight.

Yes, spending 10M cap space on a 1 year deal with a tiny #2 CB about to hit 30 who immediately blows out his achilles and 5M on a slow DE who played on the same line as Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams was a lot smarter

I'm so glad we didn't sign one of the most dominant and talented young DL in the league, a DE who's 300 pounds and gets off the line like Abe

We definately couldn't have used an actual Pro Bowl caliber DL against SF when they ran the ball to come back from being down 17-0, averaging over 5 yards per carry

Thank God we wisely invested in Grimes and Edwards, and enjoyed such a great benefit from them last season and will in the future

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