With the buildup of the Chargers’ meeting with the City on Tuesday, it wasn’t expected that news on Monday would be all that plentiful.
That was not the case, as there were multiple things of note that transpired.
– A report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport stated that the Chargers are quietly looking into a contract extension for defensive lineman Corey Liuget. The 25-year-old is in the last year of his rookie deal. He has yet to reach his ceiling as a player, and the sky is the limit for the best front-seven player on the Charger defense.
– Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Chargers told Eric Weddle via his agent, David Canter, the team will not be working on a contract extension during the 2015 season. This will allow Weddle to become a free agent next season. The 30-year-old has not showed up to any OTAs in hopes of receiving a long-term deal with the team. Weddle has expressed his desire to retire with the Chargers.
– The Chargers brought back cornerback Lowell Rose on Monday. Rose spent time on the practice squad last season, playing in three preseason games prior to be released. He was then picked up by the Dolphins, seeing time in five games. The team waived rookie undrafted free agent Cameron Clemmons in order to make room on the roster for Rose.
– Dan Meis of MEIS Stadium Planning, Construction, and Renovation, Inc. was quoted in the San Diego Reader with some odd comments regarding the city of San Diego and the renderings of the stadium he put together. Here is the quote below:
San Diego is not a ponderous monument to America’s industrial glory days, like Cincinatti. There, I build a stadium solid enough to withstand my own renovation efforts, just 15 years after it opened. Nor is San Diego a glorious supercity like Los Angeles, where I built the Staples Center as a monument to the idea that sports are essentially show business. No, San Diego is a fragile collection of largely unrelated segments, held together by only the flimsiest threads of geographical proximity and fondness for tacos and sunshine. I needed a design that reflected that fragile, almost gossamer sense of connection. I found it in the support system for the stadium’s roof canopy: a network of cables that work together almost invisibly to keep everyone in relative comfort. It’s not a masterpiece or anything, but then, this is San Diego. Who would know if it was?
– According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, head coach Mike McCoy was upset with rookie inside linebacker Denzel Perryman’s participation in a charity dodgeball game this past weekend. Perryman has been a limited participant in OTAs due to a hamstring ailment. It is difficult to say if there is any truth as to whether or not McCoy was truly upset, but the coach did have this to say: “It’s been discussed,” McCoy said. “That’s all I’m going to say. I’ve discussed it with him. That’s it. You’ve got to get past these tests here before you do all of that stuff.”
It comes as no surprise that the usually tight-lipped McCoy didn’t elaborate on the subject. Perryman seemed to find amusement with the way that the media was handling the situation.
Boy these articles just keep getting funnier.. How can you not love the media lol
— Denzel perryman (@D_Perryman52) June 2, 2015
As you can see, it was an eventful Monday at Chargers Park. Tuesday is only the beginning of what will be the groundwork of the City and the Chargers working together to keep the team in San Diego.
Due to having only five draft picks this year, the Chargers added 20 undrafted free agents to bring their roster total to the 90-man maximum (It was 21 but the team released Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt when they signed Chase Rettig). Historically, they have had great success finding key contributors in undrafted free agent rookies. Names like Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd and Kris Dielman immediately stand out. You can even throw in players like Jahleel Addae and Branden Oliver. Both are younger players, but they have been key contributors in their short careers.
In part one of this two-part look at the undrafted free agents signed by the Bolts, there is a list of the 20 undrafted rookie free agents acquired by the team. The second part will highlight some of the signees that will have a good shot at making the team as a member of the practice squad or the 53-man roster.