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The Chargers 2012 Off Season

Okay, Chargers Fans…We have one week until free-agency begins and seven weeks until the draft so lets take a look at our current situation. We haven’t made the playoffs in two years, A.J. and Norval are still here calling the shots, Kris Dielman has retired, it doesn’t look good for Big Mac and we could quite possibly lose Vincent Jackson, Mike Tolbert, Nick Hardwick and  Antonio Garay to free-agency. To sum it all up, we’ve seen better days.

When it comes to the Vincent Jackson situation, it’s no secret where the majority of Chargers Fans stand on the issue. We want VJ here in SD for the next five years! Why A.J. still hasn’t given him a long-term contract is beyond me. Without Jackson, our receiving core is mediocre at best and if you ask me, there’s no WR on the market who can fill his shoes. The man is a game changer, a fan favorite and last but not least Rivers wants him here. I mean Rivers’ opinion was enough to save Norval’s sorry ass, right? If Dean Spanos wants to avoid yet another public relations nightmare resulting in a lack of fan support and therefore ticket sales, he will urge A.J. to do the right thing and get VJ signed before another team makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

Recent reports indicate that another fan favorite, RB Mike Tolbert will most likely be lost to free-agency this year. Over the last two seasons, Tolbert has been one of the toughest, most productive and entertaining players on the roster. It won’t be easy to replace a guy like him. I just find it hard to accept that we may have seen the last of “the Dougie” here in SD. I mean, C’MON MAN!

As I’m sure you all know, Left Guard Kris “Dirty” Dielman announced his retirement in a press conference last Thursday. It was no big surprise but that didn’t make it any easier on teammates and fans. A concussion suffered during last year’s road game vs. the Jets followed by a seizure during the flight home ended his season and sadly his career. Kris is the real Diel, on and off the field. He was one of the best in the league at his position and he has always been gracious to his fans. He will surely be missed by all of Charger Nation.

With Dielman’s retirement and the likely release of Marcus McNeil, the O Line needs an overhaul. We can start by resigning Nick Hardwick and Jared Gaither before someone else gets their hands on them. The O Line will obviously be a major priority for the Chargers in this year’s draft. Let’s hope A.J. gets it right!

The Chargers will also be looking to improve their defense in the draft as well as through free agency. I don’t follow college ball aside from the Aztecs so I’m not going to act like I know who they should pick up in the draft. I do know the NFL and I’ve got tunnel vision on Mario Williams. He is a perfect fit for our defense and he is one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Super Mario is the guy who can fill that longtime void in our linebacking core and make our defense legit once again!

At this point our roster needs quite a bit of help but it’s not hopeless. Yes, there’s a lot of work to be done but we’re a long way from opening day. A.J. needs to get off his high horse and adjust his attitude while Spanos needs to quit pinching pennies, put his money where his mouth is and bring in some proven talent instead of depending on rookies and past their prime veterans to get the job done. ~Chargers King