A couple of weeks ago, new Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said that he wanted to speak to T Jared Gaither himself before making any decisions about Gaither’s role on the team in 2013.
Telesco didn’t get a chance to speak to Gaither face-to-face, but he was able to have a phone conversation with the tackle who played just four games in San Diego last season because of injury. While that wasn’t his preferred way of chatting with Gaither, Telesco said that there’s no imminent change in Gaither’s status with the team.
“At least I got a chance to talk to him at length and get a feel for him,” Gaither said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I wasn’t here last year, so kind of get his side of what happened last year. Nothing new with him right now. Nothing imminent right now.”
Gaither is set to count $6.5 million against the cap in 2013, but cutting him wouldn’t provide much savings to the Chargers. He’ll count $6 million against the cap if he does get a pink slip, something that helps his chances of sticking around since it would likely cost the Chargers more than $500,000 to find someone who can play left tackle without risking quarterback Philip Rivers’ health.