Kenny Wiggins

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Finally! The Chargers begin the 2016 regular season today on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Per a report from Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090 via Twitter, the team has announced its inactives for the game.

 

 

 

On another note, B.J. Kissel, a Chiefs’ reporter, has reported that running back Jamaal Charles will be inactive for today’s game, too.

Wiggins

 

The Chargers announced on Wednesday that they gave exclusive-rights tenders to wide receiver Dontrelle Inman and offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins.

Assigning these tenders brings back both players on one-year contracts.

Financial terms of the respective deals has yet to be released.

Inman finished up his second season in the NFL by hauling in 35 passes for 486 yards and three touchdowns in seven starts last year.

The former CFLer will have another season to continue to be his rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers.

Wiggins started eight of the 15 games he played in during the 2015 season. A multiple-positional lineman, Wiggins saw time at both guard spots and right tackle.

 

Dave Peters

Mike McCoy, Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle

 

After Tuesday turned out to be an extremely eventful day as far as transactions are concerned for the Chargers, the team is back at practice Wednesday as they prepare to take on the Chicago Bears at home on Monday night.

The Bolts have completed the first half of the 2015 regular season by going 2-6, losing four games on the final drive, minute or play.

Losers of four in a row and five of their last six, it is hard to justify this team winning too many more games going forward. That being said, do you believe in miracles? Because that is what it will take for the Chargers to find a way to finish this season strong, perhaps even squeaking into the playoffs.

Stranger things have happened.

Despite the fact that the team is entering the “softer” side of their schedule, San Diego has not shown that they can win even when they are expected to do so. The struggles of this team have been widely documented on this site.

I would like to skip right past the fluff and get right to the question in the title.

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Dave Peters

 

Gates salute

 

The 2015 offseason was anything but enjoyable for Chargers fans. We here at BoltBlitz.com had covered all of the new stadium/relocation to Los Angeles talk, possible pre-draft trade of Philip Rivers, the unwillingness of the organization to work out a contract extension with Eric Weddle and the suspension of Antonio Gates.

It was all quite exhausting.

One of the things that bothered me the most, in addition to the aforementioned issues, was the fact that there are a large number of Chargers on the 2015 squad that are not under contract for next season, including Weddle, Gates, Floyd and Green.

After doing a little research, my fears were heightened when seeing the plethora of quality names who do not have deals for 2016.

Here are the explanations of each free-agent designation and other information you’ll need to understand about free agency.

Accrued season = Six or more regular-season games on a club’s active/inactive, reserved/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists.

Franchise player (exclusive or nonexclusive) = The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is: exclusive or non-exclusive.

An “exclusive” Franchise Player — not free to sign with another club — is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period on April 19; or (ii) the amount of the Required Tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as explained below.

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the Required Tender for such a player:

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years…; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year…(the “Cap Percentage Average”)…; or (B) 120 percent of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater.

If a club extends a Required Tender to a “non-exclusive” Franchise Player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

Transition player = A transition player has received a minimum offer of the average of the top 10 salaries of last season at the player’s position or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater.

A transition player designation gives the club a first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet given to the player by another club after his contract expires. If the club matches, it retains the player. If it does not match, it receives no compensation.

* Unrestricted free agent = A player with four or more Accrued Seasons whose contract has expired. He is free to sign with any club, with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club.

** Restricted free agent = He can negotiate with any club. If the Restricted Free Agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a “right of first refusal” on any offer sheet the player signs. If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer. If an offer sheet is not executed, the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club. In addition, a player who would otherwise be a Restricted Free Agent may be designated by his old club as its Franchise Player or Transition Player.

*** Exclusive rights free agent = Such a player has no more than two accrued seasons in the NFL and may only sign with his prior team, provided, of course, that the team extends a minimum qualifying offer to the player.

 

Here is a look at all of the Bolts that are in the final year of their contracts with the team, according to spotrac.com.

 

*UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:

  • FS – Eric Weddle
  • TE – Antonio Gates
  • WR – Malcom Floyd
  • RT – Joe Barksdale
  • CB – Patrick Robinson
  • QB – Kellen Clemens
  • G – Johnnie Troutman
  • DE – Kendall Reyes
  • DL – Ricardo Mathews
  • FB/TE – David Johnson
  • TE – Ladarius Green
  • OL – Chris Hairston
  • TE – John Phillips
  • C – J.D. Walton

 

**RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:

  • SS – Jahleel Addae
  • OL – Kenny Wiggins

 

*** EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS:

  • WR – Dontrelle Inman
  • OLB – Cordarro Law
  • OL – Tyreek Burwell

 

When looking at the offensive side of the ball, the entire tight end group is not under contract for 2016. Although it would make sense to bring back Green, his concussion problems may prevent the team from doing so. Phillips is primarily a blocking tight end, but he made a few plays during the four-week absence of Gates. Speaking of Gates, it is hard to say whether or not the Chargers will be able to find a team-friendly deal should he decide to continue his NFL career.

At the wideout spot, Floyd has already stated that he will not be back next season, announcing that this year will be his last. Inman looks to be a prime candidate for being re-signed by the club. He is gaining the trust of Philip Rivers in the passing game. His blocking as a wide receiver in the running game is improving with each snap he receives.

Offensive linemen Joe Barksdale and Chris Hairston have started multiple games in 2015, with Barksdale slotted as the team’s starting right tackle. He will most likely be brought back depending on the direction Tom Telesco decides to go in the early rounds of the 2016 draft. Hairston provides sold depth and versatility, making him a possibility for a return to the Chargers. Guys like Kenny Wiggins and Tyreek Burwell could be re-signed to fairly low-salary numbers. Burwell would still have another year of eligibility on the practice squad. Recently signed J.D. Walton will have to impress when called upon to receive consideration for an eventual re-signing.

The defensive side of the ball is obviously highlighted by the last year under contract for Eric Weddle. The team has made it clear that there will be no contract talks prior to the beginning of the 2016 league year. It doesn’t necessarily seem as though the team is willing to pony up and re-sign him to the money he believes he is worth. There is always the option of the organization applying the franchise tag to Weddle, paying him a top-five salary at his position on a one-year deal. Quite frankly, I don’t see that happening.

Fellow defensive back Patrick Robinson has looked to be a solid acquisition this offseason. Due to injuries, he has been asked to start on the outside although his position as the nickel corner is ideal for his skill-set. If he can continue to make an impact, he should be worth a look to remain with the team beyond 2015. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was offered a deal during the middle of this season.

Former second-round draft pick Kendall Reyes has been a bit of a disappoint save his rookie campaign. Depending on the desired contract of the defensive end, he may be hard-pressed to stay with the club past this year. He has not provided a viable solution opposite of Corey Liuget on the defensive line. Liuget needs help upfront, and Reyes does not seem like the guy for the job.

Ricardo Mathews is one of the most versatile defensive lineman on the team. He can line up at multiple spots and his high motor is impressive for a man his size. He comes back for at least one more season, in my opinion.

The situation surrounding strong safety Jahleel Addae is very interesting. Because of a nasty looking injury where his leg appeared to fold in half, he has missed the majority of the snaps through four weeks, allowing Jimmy Wilson to start in his place. If Addae were to come back and make an impact, would the team be willing to make him a long-term offer? It is difficult to say at this point. Similar to Barksdale, a lot of his future with the Bolts could depend on what Telesco plans to do in the draft.

I am not sure if you are as frightened by the number of free agents for 2016 as I am. But it looks like the 2016 Chargers have the chance of looking quite a bit different than this year’s squad.

 

Thank you very much for reading.

 

Booga Peters

 

Information gathered from spotrac.com, football.about.com and NFL.com.

 

 

 

 

 

In an effort to strengthen the depth of the offensive line, the Bolts have signed Kenny Wiggins, per the team. Wiggins has been with the team in spurts since 2013. In a corresponding move, the Chargers have released tight end Kyle Miller.

Wiggins, 27, has played all along the offensive line during his time with the team in past years and this offseason. Although he was waived as a part of the team’s cut-down to the final 53-man roster, they obviously thought enough of him to bring him back.

Wiggins is the second former Charger that the team cut/waived prior to the naming of the 2015 roster that is back with the team.

The first was tight end John Phillips.

Miller was chosen in favor of Phillips for the 53-man roster prior to the Week 1 contest against the Lions. The Bolts then brought back Phillips as insurance when Ladarius Green was dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

All three ending up seeing the field against Detroit, with Green being the only of the trio to make a mark in the boxscore.

The fact that the Chargers changed their minds, in a sense, keeping Phillips and waiving Miller today, is a bit confusing.

For what it’s worth, Phillips is a versatile player that also contributes on special teams. He is not much of a threat as a receiver, but he is solid as an in-line blocker. For his career, he has registered 35 catches for 249 yards and three touchdowns. His lone reception last season was a one-yard touchdown catch against the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

After a very busy Labor day weekend at Chargers Park, the team has determined it’s 8 man practice squad.  There really aren’t any surprises.  It was nice to see the team reach out around the league to acquire players from other teams.  Additionally, they kept some guys that had already been members of the Bolts during this offseason.

Here is the 8 man practice squad.

 

Nick Becton – OT – Virginia Tech   6’6″ 323   Rookie

 

Marcus Cromartie – CB – Wisconsin  6’0″ 195   Rookie

 

Thomas Keiser – OLB – Stanford  6’4″ 260   3rd year

 

Brandon Moore – DE – Texas  6’5″ 317  Rookie

 

Will Pericak – DL – Colorado  6’3″ 300  Rookie

 

Toney Clemons – WR – Colorado  6’2″ 210   Rookie

 

Jake Byrne – TE –  Wisconsin   6’4″ 258  2nd year

 

Kenny Wiggins – OT – Fresno State   6’6″ 314  2nd year

 

Booga Peters

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