The Chargers placed Kaeding on injured reserve with a minor injury designation on Monday to make room for newly acquired wide receiver Danario Alexander. The minor injury designation means that, once he’s healthy, the team will be forced to release Kaeding.
It’s a tough exit for a guy who’s spent nine years with the Chargers, and in that time, has become the NFL’s most accurate kicker of all time and made numerous game-winning kicks for his club.
“It’s a little tough today because I certainly had envisioned and prepared for and worked toward a different ending and closure for my time in San Diego,” Kaeding told the U-T San Diego. “But, yeah, I’ve got football left in me.”
I suspect that Chargers fans aren’t heartbroken over this. After all, Kaeding has often been the target of criticism over the years due to his playoff failings, which have arguably cost the Chargers two playoff wins. (Some of you crazies out there might say two Super Bowls instead.)
In any case, whether you’re heartbroken or not, I think you should be a little worried about what the future holds for this team.
So far the Chargers’ season has been marred with two consecutive gigantic second-half choke jobs against the Saints and Broncos. Which forced general manager AJ Smith to offer up an ultimatum to his players and coach.
“The construction and direction of this organization is on my watch,” Smith told the U-T San Diego. “In the next 10 games we will either rally or see a slow, steady rise from the ashes to a division championship—or the beginning of a new era in Chargers football.”
Could the release of Kaeding be just the beginning?