Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jared Gaither made $2.625,000 in 2012. Jared Gaither also only played in four games last season, so he ultimately made $656,250 per game in 2012. If that looks bad, Gaither's remaining contract will shock you.
In 2013, Gaither is scheduled to make $6.5 million.
In 2014, Gaither is scheduled to make $7 million.
In 2015, Gaither is scheduled to make $8 million.
It only took five games in 2011 for the Chargers to give Gaither a $24.6 million contract.
When healthy, Jared Gaither can protect Philip Rivers at an elite level. Key word: "when." Lately, fans of the NFL have labeled Ryan Mathews a bust based on his inability to remain at full strength and not get injured. Well, Mathews missed only four games last season. Jared Gaither only played in four games.
Tom Telesco, who plans to sit down with Gaither and talk about the future, must ultimately do what's right for the franchise. He must cut Jared Gaither and his multi-million dollar contract. Keeping Gaither is a risk that the Chargers, and Philip Rivers especially, cannot afford.