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The Los Angeles Chargers Should Not Re-Sign Jason Verrett

Here’s why I believe he should not be brought back.

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The Chargers would be in the final year of a 4 year, 7.8 million dollar contract signed after Jason Verrett was drafted in 1st round (25th overall) the 2014 NFL draft, but the Chargers exercised the 5th year team option, which will pay him 8.5 million next season, unless they re-sign him to a long-term (or any deal really), or cut him. My instinct says cut him. Here’s why.

When he’s on the field, he’s one of the best young corners in the game. He has great quickness and his athleticism lets him match up with even the biggest receivers in the game. The problem is that he is probably also one of the most injury-ridden Charger players on the team. He missed 10 games his rookie season due to shoulder and hamstring injuries, 2 his second season due to foot injuries, 12 last season from a partially torn ACL, and already one this season because his knee isn’t completely healed. Add to that his awful injury history at TCU, and you have a guy who has continuously proven he is talented but cannot and will not stay on the field.

From his draft profile

So he has missed 25 games in his brief NFL career (out of 50), and while it pains me to say it, just like Danny Woodhead, you can’t have a guy on your team who you’ll depend on to play who has an injury problem. I like Verrett. I think he’s a great player and an even better leader, but the best ability in the sports world is availability. Jason Verrett does not have that.

Do you think the Chargers should re-sign Verrett, let him play out the 5th year option, or cut him and move on? Let us know in the comments!