Quentin Jammer, who joined the Chargers as the fifth overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, has been with the team longer than any of his teammates — and longer than all but three players in franchise history. But Jammer expects to suit up for the Chargers for the last time on Sunday.
“Last year, I guess,” Jammer told Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. “I think about it all the time. Everything I’ve been through – the ups and downs, being a part of this organization for such a long time. Not to know my future is weird, different.”
Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner are both expected to be fired next week, and it’s impossible to say until we know who’s taking over the front office whether the Chargers will want Jammer back. But the 34-year-old Jammer sees the writing on the wall: More likely than not a new staff will want to rebuild with younger players, and the Chargers already have three talented younger cornerbacks on the depth chart in Marcus Gilchrist, Antoine Cason and Shareece Wright.
Sunday’s game will be Jammer’s 172nd with the Chargers. Only Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, future Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau and longtime long snapper David Binn played in more games in franchise history. Jammer said he has been thinking about how hard it will be to say goodbye to the only NFL team he has known.
“I really think about it on days like this after practice,” he said. “And when I get home after and it’s just me in the house. It’s tough. . . . I was sitting in meetings this morning kind of like, ‘Wow! This could be my last Friday practice.'”
After the season Jammer becomes a free agent and will likely, for the first time, wind up on a team other than the Chargers.