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    Chargers Insider: Jared Gaither can't return to S.D.

    We donít know what the new Chargers General Manager will decide regarding so many pending personnel questions.

    But there is no doubt about the status of one player.

    Left tackle Jared Gaither will not be back. He canít be.

    That eventually has not been guaranteed by the remaining decision makers at Chargers Park, but it has been hinted at strongly.

    Even if the Chargers brass had some wildly naÔve/ignorant notion that Gaither would remain healthy -- or not pretend he was more hurt than he was, as virtually everyone in the organization believes was the case in 2012 Ė Gaither would not be welcome in the locker room.

    ďI canít even look him in the eye,Ē one veteran told me earlier in the season, after Gaither had sat out the first three games with a back issue that no one could clearly diagnose.

    On Dec. 23, here is what another veteran said, unsolicited, when ruminating on the ruins of the season: ď----ing Gaither. He ----ing cost us big-time.Ē

    Several other players voiced similar sentiments. Some suspected within a couple weeks that Gaither was milking his back injury. Others didnít get frustrated until September. Many held out until the end of the season. But by then, there were no dissenters.

    Itís impossible to state how rare that is. Players donít question other playersí injuries. Itís in the code. Even when they quietly wondered about oft-injured former wide receiver Buster Davisí toughness, players gave him the benefit of the doubt that he wanted to be on the field.

    When the Chargers placed Gaither on injured reserve in November, this time because of a groin injury of dubious severity, the team essentially told him to go home, that they didnít want him around. (If he denies this, itís only because his dimness might rival his suspected fraudulence. He was told he could go home, didnít need to stay around.)

    The super-talented behemoth of a man played five virtually flawless games for the Chargers in 2011 to earn a contract with $9 million guaranteed. The Chargers knew signing him was a risk, given his history of injuries and rumblings by his former employers that he was lazy and even a faker. But Gaither was the only starting left tackle available in free agency.

    Gaither ended up playing parts of four games. Since thatís all he will play, he ended up costing the Chargers $2.25 million per game he was active. The charge was $36,144 per snap played and the bargain price of $37,974 per snap in which he was not responsible for Philip Rivers being hit, hurried or sacked.

    Still, it is better to waste $9 million already committed and absorb the $6 million cap hit by releasing Gaither than risk owing him $4.5 million if heís on the roster at the start of the 2013 season.

    Asked if Gaither could ever return and be accepted by teammates, safety Eric Weddle was as gracious as he could be: ďHe could. It would take a lot of work to earn back the respect. And thatís not going to happen.Ē

    Team president Dean Spanos knows this. So it doesnít matter who the new GM is.

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/...aither-return/

    Remember this in a couple of months so we don't get a dozen "sign this beast" and "Rex can fix him" threads/posts...

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    Wow. What an *******. I wouldn't go anywhere near that bum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton View Post
    Wow. What an *******. I wouldn't go anywhere near that bum.
    sign this beast.


    Rex can fix him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtstar View Post
    sign this beast.


    Rex can fix him.
    Hahaha.. the scary part is that without a GM that tells him no he'd probably be all for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtstar View Post
    sign this beast.


    Rex can fix him.
    You sir are a sh*t STIRRER !

    I like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton View Post
    Hahaha.. the scary part is that without a GM that tells him no he'd probably be all for it.
    lol, this is from his wiki page, clearly Chargers fans are bitter:


    San Diego Chargers

    Gaither was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers on November 30, 2011. On March 14, 2012 Gaither signed a 4 year contract with Chargers.[3] At the beginning of the 2012 Gaither suffered from back spasms and is not in the starting lineup, insisting on being 100 percent before returning to full duty. He is considered a quitter and clearly faked his injuries, Gaither is and always will be a quitter. He is unlikely to sign with any other NFL team and will likely be bankrupt within 2 years. [4]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtstar View Post
    lol, this is from his wiki page, clearly Chargers fans are bitter:
    Bitter or Nostradamus?

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