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Nate Kaeding wants Chargers to cut him now

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The Chargers and longtime kicker Nate Kaeding are butting heads over Kaeding’s future, with the team wanting to wait until next week and then place him on waivers, while Kaeding’s agent is insisting that the Chargers need to give him his outright release now.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Kaeding, who has been placed on injured reserve, went to the Chargers’ facility today and kicked for trainers to show that he’s completely healthy. Agent Rick Smith’s contention is that because Kaeding is healthy and ready to play, the Chargers need to cut him loose right now.

But the Chargers apparently plan to wait until Tuesday, when vested veterans can be placed on waivers. At that point, if a team claimed Kaeding, the Chargers would be off the hook for the rest of his salary. If the Chargers were to cut Kaeding now, they’d owe him $1.2 million in termination pay.

Kaeding played the first three games of this season before suffering a groin injury. The Chargers have decided to go with Nick Novak for the rest of the season, but Kaeding wants to play elsewhere. The question is whether Kaeding will be able to choose where “elsewhere” is and become a free agent now, or whether Kaeding will have to accept going to a team that claims him on waivers next week.

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33 Responses to “Nate Kaeding wants Chargers to cut him now”
  1. millertime30 says: Oct 26, 2012 6:05 PM

    AJ Smith Shenanigans, anyone?

  2. melsh13 says: Oct 26, 2012 6:06 PM

    I’m guessing that playoff caliber teams aren’t lining up for his services.

  3. kevinmanosur says: Oct 26, 2012 6:08 PM

    as a charger fan im glad too see him go, great regular season kicker, but terrible in playoffs. he would be perefect for teams who dont make the playoffs…… wait that would be us! #firenorv

  4. thevza says: Oct 26, 2012 6:16 PM

    Stay classy, San Diego.

  5. stevemo says: Oct 26, 2012 6:39 PM

    Easy to fault the Chargers or their GM when it’s not your $1.2 million.

  6. dude808 says: Oct 26, 2012 6:43 PM

    Us Charger fans are so stoked he’s gone. Maybe he was the NFL’s “most accurate”, but all we can remember are the kicks he choked in the playoffs. Send him to the Donkeys!!!

  7. xpensivewinos says: Oct 26, 2012 6:43 PM

    He’s the biggest tool in the history of history, but I have to agree with AJ on this one.

    A player is cut at the team’s convenience, not the player’s.

  8. steviemo says: Oct 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    Who the hell is Nate “Crystal” Kaeding to demand such things? The Chargers should do what’s in their best interest and no consideration whatsoever should be given to the one NFL kicker — a kicker! — LOL!!! — who can’t stay healthy.

  9. pixelito says: Oct 26, 2012 6:53 PM

    So what exactly did the Chargers get in that Eli Manning trade?

  10. stevemo says: Oct 26, 2012 7:05 PM

    steviemo says: Oct 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    Who the hell is Nate “Crystal” Kaeding to demand such things? The Chargers should do what’s in their best interest and no consideration whatsoever should be given to the one NFL kicker — a kicker! — LOL!!! — who can’t stay healthy.

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    We meet again, “steviemo”!

  11. e23r0 says: Oct 26, 2012 7:10 PM

    With Jay Feely in hot water in Arizona, you can bet he has his sights set for the desert.

  12. sonoco says: Oct 26, 2012 7:15 PM

    So Nate Kaeding isn’t going to get paid twice . . . poor baby.

  13. lucimorland says: Oct 26, 2012 7:37 PM

    You’re not allowed to stash healthy players on injured reserve.

    You’re not allowed to use injured reserve to avoid paying out the contract signed by the team.

    The player isn’t demanding special treatment. He is asking the team to follow the rules and release him, rather than cheat and stash him on IR until the waivers deadline.

    The Chargers will be lucky if they don’t lose a draft pick over this.

  14. bluefan204 says: Oct 26, 2012 8:09 PM

    Chargers get:

    Phillip Rivers – Loudmouthed, choking stat machine
    Shawne Merriman – Injury prone ‘roid head who is now out of the NFL
    Nate Kaeding – Playoff choker who is trying to whine his way out of town

    Giants get:

    2x Super Bowl winner, 2x Super Bowl MVP, and an almost guaranteed HOF QB – Eli Manning

    Guess who really got screwed in the deal?(Hint: It wasn’t the Giants)

  15. tannethrill says: Oct 26, 2012 8:12 PM

    This isn’t Smith or Kaeding fault.

    Since it hasn’t happened I’m assuming Kaeding can’t bypass the 1.2 which seems like an easy answer.

    It’s the fault of the league and players association for not setting it up so that a player can buy his way out of a bad situation.

  16. nflhof says: Oct 26, 2012 8:15 PM

    Nate and his agent are fighting the good fight but business is business right?

  17. i10east says: Oct 26, 2012 8:27 PM

    There’s a LA joke somewhere within this story.

  18. lorddarkhelmet says: Oct 26, 2012 8:27 PM

    He was injured when they put him on injured reserve so it’s not really stashing him. They don’t have to release him at all if they don’t want to. He ought to just shut his mouth and consider it lucky they will release him off IR at all

  19. ghjjf says: Oct 26, 2012 9:41 PM

    No surprise, first the Chargers bring back stickum to cheat during a game, now they are trying to cheat a player contract by leaving a healthy player on injured reserve.

  20. taintedlombardis says: Oct 26, 2012 10:26 PM

    Eli Manning is the poster child of how QBs are overrated for their teams’ success.

    Anyone that watched those Super Bowls (especially the first) knows that he was far from the MVP.

  21. randallflagg52 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:37 PM

    Nate Kaeding is the Peyton Manning of kickers. Great in the regular season, but once the playoffs roll around…

  22. sumoson says: Oct 26, 2012 11:49 PM

    As a Jets Fan i have to say …. I love this guy

  23. phinatic84 says: Oct 27, 2012 12:11 AM

    It’s a business, Nate. I’d do the same thing if I were the Chargers.

  24. goldtoothbiscuits says: Oct 27, 2012 1:20 AM

    maybe he could play QB for them?

  25. hrmlss says: Oct 27, 2012 1:50 AM

    OK clueless types, as an Iowa fan I have fond memories of a well used Nate. He was an all state linebacker and kicker. I remember him blowing up returners as a college player and in the pro’s. Plus he can do a wicked fake and pass….

  26. denverscott says: Oct 27, 2012 2:02 AM

    dude808 says: Oct 26, 2012 6:43 PM

    Us Charger fans are so stoked he’s gone. Maybe he was the NFL’s “most accurate”, but all we can remember are the kicks he choked in the playoffs. Send him to the Donkeys!!!
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    They can’t “send” him anywhere Einstein. And I seriously doubt that we would replace Prater with him or any other kicker. Who do you think runs the Broncos? AJ? Norv? Have fun at the bottom of the barrel SD.

  27. ambitoos says: Oct 27, 2012 3:10 AM

    Kadeing is a heck of a kicker but he is always hurt and out. The Chargers have to carry a backup kicker because he is so fragile. They need a reciever more than they do a backup kicker. Somebody will get one heck of a kicker. He’ll have teams lined up to get his talent.

  28. jcdavey2011 says: Oct 27, 2012 3:33 AM

    it’s a business…if you don’t like it, try harder to change it in the next work stoppage

  29. gates85 says: Oct 27, 2012 3:40 AM

    Good bye playoff choker!

  30. wtfredskinsftw says: Oct 27, 2012 10:08 PM

    Oct 26, 2012 7:37 PM
    You’re not allowed to stash healthy players on injured reserve.

    You’re not allowed to use injured reserve to avoid paying out the contract signed by the team.

    The player isn’t demanding special treatment. He is asking the team to follow the rules and release him, rather than cheat and stash him on IR until the waivers deadline.

    The Chargers will be lucky if they don’t lose a draft pick over this.

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    Players get healthy on IR all the time that’s the point. The rules don’t say that you have to cut him to make sure he gets paid twice. If he told the Chargers to cut him and he’ll sign something saying they can keep the 1.2 million I bet they’d kick his ass to the curb. LaVar Arrington wanted out of Washington without going to waivers so he gave the Redskins a lot of Money back for his release. HaHa, “kick to the Curb”, I love it.
    HTTR¡!¡!¡

  31. logicrules55 says: Oct 29, 2012 5:30 PM

    All I can remember are the kicks he made to help get us into the playoffs. Anybody remember what happened last time we axed a good kicker (John Carney)? Do the names Wade Richey and Steve Christie ring a bell? Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Although Novak’s pct. of 79.4% in his one full season is not stellar (ranked 22nd in league), certainly well below what we’ve come to expect from Nate, it IS better than Richie/Christie. I guess that’s satisfactory to most of you.

  32. ajsmithtictacballs says: Oct 30, 2012 6:01 PM

    The players gotta be looking at this and thinking
    I am working for mean cheap Gm who doesn’t give a crap about any of the players. What a cheapskate. Hope the Chargers consult their agents early to find any loop holes their jerk GM is looking to exploit. So much questionable trading over the recent years, one thing hasn’t changed, incompetent management and ownership.

  33. Savage Lizard says: Oct 30, 2012 7:33 PM

    “The players gotta be looking at this and thinking
    I am working for mean cheap Gm who doesn’t give a crap about any of the players. What a cheapskate.”

    Geez! You can fault A.J. Smith for other things, but this is way off base, and you obviously have an axe to grind. But EVERY team in the NFL, ALL OF THEM, make personnel decisions based upon salary and cap implications. Trying to hang this on Smith like it’s just him is just silly.

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