That’s how many players the Chargers currently have on their 53-man roster.
For the oblivious ones of you out there, I’ll spell it out for you: the Chargers have a roster spot to spend.
And Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego is reporting that the team “remains in the market for a reserve tackle.” Which, of course, would seem obvious due to the puzzling nature of Jared Gaither’s injury, and since the team still doesn’t seem to have any kind of recovery timetable for him.
So, why haven’t the Chargers already filled that open roster spot with a tackle then?
Well, it could be that they haven’t found a guy they like enough to bring in — as AJ would like us to believe. However, I’m not buying that. Surely anyone is better than no one.
If the Chargers signed a player before the season started, his contract would have been guaranteed. By waiting until after the first game, the contract isn’t guaranteed, so the team can possibly save themselves some money down the road.
Although that probably was smart financially, it might not end up being the greatest football decision.
“The Chargers will have competition in signing the best available tackles, especially after the St. Louis Rams lost their starting left tackle indefinitely…and the Pittsburgh Steelers starting right tackle…could miss time,” Gehlken said.
Better get to work on number 53, AJ.