For the second time this week, the San Diego Chargers have added an insurance policy.
The team announced Friday it has agreed to terms with free agent WR Josh Reed, two days after signing veteran LT Tra Thomas. The moves appear to be a clear indication of the Chargers’ intentions of moving forward (at least for now) without Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill, who have sat out offseason practices to protest their status as restricted free agents.
According to recent reports by The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers sent letters to both Jackson and McNeil to warn them their salaries would be drastically cut if they don’t sign their tenders by the June 15 deadline. The agents for both players responded by informing the Chargers their players would stay away from the team “for a lengthy period” if those reductions take place, according to The Union-Tribune.
After the addition of Thomas, Chargers GM A.J. Smith left the door open to the possibility of adding a veteran receiver. The rumblings immediately turned to the possibility that Terrell Owens could be an option, but that void has now been filled by Reed. With Malcom Floyd under contract and Reed in the mix, the Chargers are giving themselves options.
Judging by these recent messages sent by Smith, it looks as though the line in the sand between the Chargers and their RFAs just got a little deeper.