Source: Chargers rescind Chris McCain’s RFA tender

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Another pass rusher has entered the free-agency market, more than a month after the market opened.

Per a league source, the Chargers have rescinded the restricted free-agency tendered placed on defensive end Chris McCain.

The Chargers applied a right-of-first-refusal tender to McCain, who had five sacks in 2017, his first year with the Chargers. The former Cal defender had joined the Chargers in 2016, as a member of the practice squad.

McCain immediately becomes eligible to sign with another team, once the removal of the $1.907 million tender becomes official.

Even if McCain had signed the tender, the Chargers could have cut him. However, he would have been required to pass through waivers. As it stands, he can sign anywhere he wants.

10 responses to “Source: Chargers rescind Chris McCain’s RFA tender

  1. Why?! Dude has the skills to be a top 15 pass rusher and we would have had him in our hip pocket as our no. 3 guy at the position. Teams win Super Bowls because they have guys like McCain in reserve and the Chargers just let him walk? Doesn’t make any sense.

  2. Now that I’m over being surprised, I’m guessing he didn’t sign before the team imposed deadline but instead of releasing him and surely watching get snapped up in waivers, they instead made him a FA in hopes of still negotiating with him.

  3. I get the feeling something went on that we don’t know about. He was an UFA out of college and played sparingly for the Dolphins before they traded him to the Saints for a 7th round pick. He was cut shortly thereafter. He posted career numbers BY FAR last year. My guess he wanted money commensurate with his inflated numbers from last year and the Chargers, and apparently every other team, don’t think he’s worth it. It could be they are irritated he didn’t sign the tender and just decided to get rid of him. I doubt he’s going to get any better offers from anyone, especially at this point. He should have signed the tender. He gambled. He lost.

  4. I tried to do a little more digging on his tender. I couldn’t find any numbers for 2018 but I believe they signed him to a second-round tender which means they would have gotten a second round pick if another team signed him to an offer sheet and they refused to match the offer. It’s quite possible they did this to try to get a draft pick more than any intention to keep him. Since he was an UFA it was probably unrealistic to expect some team to give up a second for him. If this was just an attempt to get a draft pick even if he had signed they probably would have cut him.

  5. I couldn’t find any numbers for 2018 but I believe they signed him to a second-round tender which means they would have gotten a second round pick if another team signed him to an offer sheet and they refused to match the offer.
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    No they gave him a restricted FA tender which means a team can sign him without giving compensation but the Chargers get a chance to match. If no one signs him then we owe him 1.75 million for the season. It’s weird if he refused to sign because no teams out there made an offer so playing under the tender was his best option. I’m assuming today (day before offseason work begins) was the deadline the Chargers gave him to sign. Big gamble if he thinks he can do better . I really wanted them to sign him to a two year deal, I love the guy. Alternatively the Chargers might know something that hasn’t been released to the public. I’m sure we’ll find out.

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