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Chargers claim Johnny Patrick off waivers

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The Saints cut bait on cornerback Johnny Patrick less than two years after they made him a third-round pick, but the NFL waiver wire has once again shown that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Or at least another man’s opportunity to take a look at a 24-year old player deemed worthy of an early-round draft pick in the recent past.

The Chargers put in a successful waiver claim for Patrick on Wednesday and he is now part of their 90-man roster. It’s not a great sign for Patrick that he wasn’t able to keep a job with the Saints’ oft-toasted secondary despite an inexpensive $550,000 salary, but there have been other players to flop in their first stop and then find a role with another team down the line.

Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer are each set to become free agents in San Diego, leaving the Chargers with Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright as experienced corners in their system. If both Cason and Jammer leave the team, Patrick could work himself into the mix when offseason work gets underway.

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15 Responses to “Chargers claim Johnny Patrick off waivers”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Feb 20, 2013 5:14 PM

    San Diego … reduced to dumpster diving. Eli Manning was so right.

  2. dannymac17 says: Feb 20, 2013 5:21 PM

    Dumpster Diving on a young CB who had a terrible rush LB core to support his cover skills?


  3. chargerdillon says: Feb 20, 2013 5:24 PM

    The last ex-Saint was a complete bust and was a main factor in the Gm losing his job

    At least this one we got for pennies on the dollar

    Maybe this new GM knows something 31 teams don’t (sarcasm implied)

    The Chargers are in desperate need of CB’s, just not third string CB’s….

  4. dkeyser says: Feb 20, 2013 5:36 PM

    This dude is garbage… He is 2013’s version of Jason David

  5. saintsfan1111 says: Feb 20, 2013 5:38 PM

    He won’t be on san diego’s roster next season. Camp body.

  6. csf081183 says: Feb 20, 2013 5:58 PM

    Easily worst corner in the league. He got beat out by Corey White who was a rookie learning to play corner after moving from safety. I wish he would have took Roman Harper with him.

  7. surfoside4life says: Feb 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    sounds like an aj smith type of move

  8. icanspeel says: Feb 20, 2013 6:08 PM

    Big difference between claiming a player and naming him a starter. Nothing wrong with a team taking a closer look at someone.

  9. marcinhouston says: Feb 20, 2013 6:27 PM

    Better to give the Saints #4-5 corner 550k to be a backup than to give the Saints #4-5 receiver 10’s of mil to be a backup (Robert Meachem). With a little work, Patrick can shut down Meachem in drills.

  10. csf081183 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:12 PM


    Micky Loomis is still the GM…. Im sure you just got confused on what team you were talking about…..

  11. gbditka says: Feb 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    With the worst 2012 defense in the NFL, don’t you think the Saints would have kept him around at a low contract number “IF” he had skills?

  12. lks311 says: Feb 20, 2013 8:04 PM

    Not familiar with Patrick’s last few years, but apparently he’s so bad that the Lions passed on him. Nuff said.

  13. bigalhebdman says: Feb 20, 2013 9:16 PM

    Let’s see, now, The Saints gave up to the Chargers Robert Meachem and Johnny Patrick. The Chargers gave to the Saints, Darren Sproles and Drew Brees. Not a bad swap if you’re a Saints fan.

  14. reggiebush25 says: Feb 21, 2013 12:49 AM

    Give the young CB, Patrick a chance. The Saints don’t know what they doing…..Vicodin King Payton is back!!!!!!

  15. ambitoos says: Feb 21, 2013 12:58 AM

    The Chargers will take a look at him and see if he’s any good. If not he won’t make it past mini camp. Remember, Wes Welker was picked up after the Chargers let him go and we all know how that turned out.

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