Undrafted rookie Courtney Gardner leaves Chargers

AP

Based on pure physical talent, receiver Courtney Gardner might have been the best undrafted rookie to agree to join the Chargers. But Gardner has left the Chargers before he ever officially joined them, and it remains to be seen whether he ever joins any team.

Gardner and the Chargers have “agreed to part ways while Gardner handles some personal matters,” according to U-T San Diego.

Personal matters have held Gardner back throughout his football career. Out of high school he originally committed to Nevada but couldn’t qualify academically. He then became a junior college All-American at Sierra College, and he was highly sought after by major football programs across the country, but although he committed at various times to both Oklahoma and LSU, he never attended either school. Gardner has been arrested twice in his hometown of Reno, Nevada, once for possession of alcohol by a minor and once for obstructing a police officer.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Gardner definitely has the athletic ability to be an NFL wide receiver, but it’s highly questionable whether he’ll ever get his head on straight enough to play in the NFL.

17 responses to “Undrafted rookie Courtney Gardner leaves Chargers

  1. The bar is already set so low for a lot of these players from an academic standpoint that you must be dumb as a box of rocks to not cut it academically.

  2. just a guess here but he probably didn’t pass a drug test or knew he wouldn’t and since he wasn’t signed maybe chargers don’t have to tell us or maybe legally they cant

  3. Agreed to part ways……not sure what that really means. He likely agreed to leave after being told he was leaving.

  4. The Chargers are already pretty stacked at WR already anyway, with DAx, M-80, VB & now Keenan Allen. The Bolts need a left tackle.

  5. My guess is he will resolve his issues in a couple of days and sign with another team. Or, he is a mess and will be arrested for some crime in the near future. Just a thought

  6. humb0lt says: May 7, 2013 3:21 PM

    The Chargers are already pretty stacked at WR already anyway, with DAx, M-80, VB…
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    Do one of those lame nicknames refer to Meachem? If so, it’s more like you’re stuck, not stacked, with that bad signing.

  7. Do one of those lame nicknames refer to Meachem? If so, it’s more like you’re stuck, not stacked, with that bad signing.

    No one is counting on Meachem or Royal. If they pan out it is a bonus. If they don’t, it was a typical going away gift from AJ Smith.

  8. Some of the big football schools do have top-notch academics. Not the ones mentioned (nor the one I root for), but some.

    When you’re like Cris Carter’s kid, who flunked out of Ohio State, or mental marvels like this guy, you’re going to have to prove to be some physical freak to play in the NFL.

  9. Those arrests are fairly mundane. I wouldn’t worry about them as a coach. It’s pretty benign compared to the rapist/child beaters/ wife,girlfriend beaters/ drug peddlers, etc that play every week.

  10. Late post: I know the guy the charges was minor… he doesn’t do drugs and the academic problem came when he didn’t pass the math proficiency test… he parted ways with the chargers cause he didn’t finish his court issues with the obstruction on the police officer and they didn’t want to deal with it…

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