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Chargers, Jared Gaither talking about new deal

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Jared Gaither was a pleasant surprise for the Chargers after they claimed him off waivers from the Chiefs last season and San Diego seems interested in keeping him around.

Gaither’s agent Kevin Pompey spoke to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com and said that he and the Chargers have spoken about a new contract for the impending free agent. Gaither stepped in and started the final five games of the year at left tackle for the Chargers, solidifying a spot left open when Marcus McNeill went down with a serious neck injury. Gaither missed the 2010 season with the Ravens with a back injury and then got cut by the Chiefs after a costly false start penalty in a loss to the Steelers.

“Jared has got everything going in the right direction now,” Pompey said. “He’s excited about the Chargers. If that doesn’t work out, then we look forward to free agency. The fact that they want him back is a very positive thing.

With doubts that McNeill can pass a team-mandated physical for his $10 million salary this month and a weak free agent market at tackle, Gaither might be the Chargers’ best option for the spot.

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5 Responses to “Chargers, Jared Gaither talking about new deal”
  1. eddiemeredith says: Mar 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    I would want to sign this guy to a long term incentive-based (both injury and performance based deal). He is a good left tackle and a great right tackle if healthy and motivated.
    Too bad Mcniel has been so injured, these two would make a great tandem… too bad Dielman is done too. They really need another guard and tackle… and a receiver… and a number of defensive players. even if they make a splash in free agency they are going to have a rough year next year.

  2. racerx1225 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    Was hoping the Raiders could sign him…

  3. ravenator says: Mar 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    Save your money AJ, this dude is a complete bust. Talented, yes. Worthy of a contract, not a chance.

  4. mrgroovesd says: Mar 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    I’d like to see an article where the Bolts are talking contract with VJ. It’s getting annoying to keep reading about if VJ will be signed or leave. I get you’re going to have to have someone protect Rivers but VJ is also a big part of the offense. Make something happen AJ, you’re fricken annoying with your answers you give.

  5. jjackwagon says: Mar 5, 2012 4:22 PM

    Reasing Gaither was just another of Todd Haley’s long list of screw-ups in KC. He is a good player and the Chargers would be smart to keep him.

    Hey Todd, you didn’t lose the game to Pittsburgh because of gaither’s false start. you lost it because you started Palko over Orton.

    Or maybe you threw the game on purpose to line up your next gig when you knew you were getting canned? Hmmmmmm.

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