After a 2012 offseason free agency spending spree of sorts, how much money was left to re-sign the players that were already Chargers? ( I’ll be touching on the need to re-sign Butler in the near future) The players that it would make sense to lock up? I had been on record multiple times talking about how I thought that the Chargers should have locked up Louis Vasquez for the long haul during the 2012 season. Knowing that he was a poor run blocker, I was hoping that portion of his game would improve. But his run blocking leaves a lot to be desired. He is not successful at getting to the second level. Yet, despite his flaws, I was calling for his re-signing for one reason, and one reason only.
The Chargers were looking at the possibility of having to replace four out of five offensive linemen during the 2013 offseason. That kind of task seemed fairly daunting, to say the least.
But I fell into the trap of wanting to keep a player for the wrong reason. For that I am guilty.
The Denver Broncos paid above the premium for Vasquez. They had obvious reasons for signing him and it is fair to assume that the Broncos will be passing the ball quite frequently in ’13.
The bottom line is that despite having an already dire need on the offensive line at multiple positions, Tom Telesco was not willing to overpay for a guy that was not destined to remain America’s finest city. He was replaceable and I was a little bit late to the party.
Were you, or are you still, one of the people who fell into the same trap? As football fans, we are allowed to change our minds. We are prone to making poor decisions, at times. But the fact of the matter is that Vasquez is gone and he is now a Donkey. Let it go. I did a day or two after his signing with the Denver. You should too.
Thanks a lot for reading.