The Las Vegas Raiders are reportedly staying inside the AFC West for his or her subsequent basic supervisor rent, as they’re working to usher in former Los Angeles Chargers GM Tom Telesco to fill the void, in accordance with a number of reviews.
Regardless of being launched from his duties with the Chargers, who cleaned home after going 5-12 this season to take a seat on the backside of the division, Telesco is revered for placing collectively a Chargers roster that has thrived up to now.
Nonetheless, this previous season noticed tons of under-performing gamers, together with cornerback J.C. Jackson who was lower in simply the second yr of a five-year, $82.5 million deal he signed in the course of the 2022 offseason.
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The Chargers are in cap hell in the mean time, with the brand new GM over in Los Angeles needing to cope with the $45.8 million the franchise is at present over the cap threshold. Massive selections can be coming for gamers like Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa, Keenan Allen and extra after Telesco paid quarterback Justin Herbert this previous season.
The Raiders, however, are a crew stocked with round $36 million in cap room this offseason. They simply relinquished the interim tag on Antonio Pierce’s head-coaching title — a transfer that gamers and followers alike had been pleased to see from proprietor Mark Davis.
Telesco’s most important query may very well be what to do at quarterback, as Pierce clearly preferred rookie Aidan O’Connell when he took over after Josh McDaniels was fired halfway by the common season. Jimmy Garoppolo signed with Las Vegas for $72.75 million over three years this previous offseason, and if the Raiders had been to chop him, he’d be $28,318,000 in lifeless cap.
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There’s additionally what to do with working again Josh Jacobs, who performed underneath an incentivized franchise tag final season. He was on the lookout for a long-term deal to stay with the membership, and Telesco has the funds if he’d like to increase him that pay day.
However Telesco has key items like Davante Adams and Maxx Crosby underneath contract for subsequent season on a crew seeking to take a leap in a really robust division.
Telesco joined the Chargers in 2013, when proprietor Dean Spanos selected him because the crew’s subsequent GM following the lengthy tenure of A.J. Smith in the identical function. Telesco was the youngest supervisor in Chargers historical past taking up a crew that didn’t make the playoffs since 2009.
Telesco helped convey the Chargers again to the playoffs instantly, as they went 9-7 in 2013 and made it as a wild card crew. They’d go on to lose within the divisional spherical.
Telesco was centered on constructing the crew by the draft whereas supplementing wants in free company. However the course of was one which didn’t pay dividends till 2018, when the Chargers went 12-4 underneath head coach Anthony Lynn.
It was the primary time the Chargers made the playoffs since 2013, however they misplaced within the divisional spherical as soon as extra. The 2022 Chargers squad was loaded with expertise that was anticipated to make a run for the Tremendous Bowl.
Nonetheless, a tragic loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who overcame a big deficit within the second half to maneuver on, knocked the Chargers out of the wild card spherical.
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Telesco can be charged with making a constant successful roster, and he’ll actually have some further motivation because the Raiders will see the Chargers twice each season he’s in Las Vegas’ facility.