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Chargers play 54-man roster trick again, with Reggie Wells

Reggie Wells AP

Veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells joined the Chargers two weeks ago.  And he’s now been released twice by the team.

For the second straight weekend, the Chargers released Wells to make room for a practice-squad player.

And, once again, they’ve elevated cornerback Greg Gaston.

Come Tuesday, look for the Chargers to waive Gaston, re-sign Wells, and re-sign Gaston to the practice squad.

It’s a common device for increasing the practical size of a team’s roster from 53 to 54.  Wells, via a wink-nod with the front office, knows he wouldn’t have been on the active roster.  So he gets his paycheck for the week, steps aside for a couple of days, comes back next week, and does it all over again.

Since Wells is a vested veteran with four or more years of service, he doesn’t have to pass through waivers.  So no other team can pilfer him.

That changes after the trade deadline, after which time all players hit the waiver wire when released.

Of course, the roster merry-go-round could be disrupted if someone makes a waivers claim for Gaston the next time he’s released in order to make room for Reggie Wells to return.

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15 Responses to “Chargers play 54-man roster trick again, with Reggie Wells”
  1. raiderinva says: Sep 22, 2012 5:47 PM

    You know…..

    If it was not for this site, fantasy football, and porn …

    I would have lost interest in the internet a long time ago.

  2. blakeinfla says: Sep 22, 2012 5:54 PM

    Darn Patriots and their cheati….oh wait…not the pats??? Nothing to see here then….carry on…

  3. losangeleschargers17 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:19 PM

    Aj Smith is a genius, and screw all the haters, all it takes is one superbowl win to shut them up….. This is the year!!

  4. skinsfanwill says: Sep 22, 2012 6:51 PM

    AJ is a friggin genious. But the team is also hurt by his genious when they can’t afford to sign all those great draft picks.

  5. bwisnasky says: Sep 22, 2012 6:58 PM

    losangeleschargers71….. It would be an appropriate going away present for the citizens of San Diego that can’t seem to fill a stadium even with what appears to be a pretty solid team…. I don’t think it will happen, but you are entitled to your fantasy….

  6. grogansheroes says: Sep 22, 2012 7:14 PM

    losangeleschargers17 says:
    Sep 22, 2012 6:19 PM
    Aj Smith is a genius, and screw all the haters, all it takes is one superbowl win to shut them up….. This is the year!!
    ————————————————–
    Hee hee, let’s wait until the Chargers beat a real team. Then let’s see if they can make the playoffs. Don’t forget, your head coach is the lovable loser, Norv.

  7. jdmpls says: Sep 22, 2012 7:15 PM

    It’s no trick… Wells is a free agent at the time of release so he is free to sign with any team which wants him

  8. jr4real says: Sep 22, 2012 7:31 PM

    Someone in the division will pick up Gaston. Just to piss off SD. Raiders probably.

  9. geniusfan says: Sep 22, 2012 9:04 PM

    Clearly the Chargers learned this tactic from Bill Belichick.

    After all the Patriots are the only team in the NFL that bends the rules.

  10. calfishman says: Sep 22, 2012 10:33 PM

    I thought there was a rule that if you activated a player from your practice squad, he must be on the 53 roster for at least 3 weeks, or am I confused?

  11. rooneyruleblues says: Sep 22, 2012 11:47 PM

    LOL @ the people calling this cheating. Last time I checked cheating is when you break the rules, and this isnt one of them.

  12. denverscott says: Sep 23, 2012 12:39 AM

    losangeleschargers17 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:19 PM

    Aj Smith is a genius, and screw all the haters, all it takes is one superbowl win to shut them up….. This is the year!!

    Bro, how do you NOT drown falling asleep in your cheerios in the AM? Smith a genius? ROFL Goober. I suppose Norv is the Messiah? HAHAHAHA! ElTardo rides again.

  13. mrcosio says: Sep 23, 2012 3:06 AM

    That awkward moment when you call someone a “genious”

  14. joetoronto says: Sep 23, 2012 5:13 AM

    losangeleschargers17 says:
    Sep 22, 2012 6:19 PM
    Aj Smith is a genius, and screw all the haters, all it takes is one superbowl win to shut them up….. This is the year!!
    ***************************************************
    Yes, EVERY year is the year!

    “AJ Smith is a genius”, ROFLMAO!

  15. raiderapologist says: Sep 23, 2012 12:53 PM

    skinsfanwill says: Sep 22, 2012 6:51 PM

    AJ is a friggin genious. But the team is also hurt by his genious when they can’t afford to sign all those great draft picks.
    —-
    A.J. Smith. The “J” stands for jenius.

    (I know how to spell it. Don’t correct me.)

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