The San Diego Chargers 2013 season officially began Tuesday afternoon with the start of free agency.
It can be an exciting time for fans as new pieces are added to the roster. That excitement can turn to sorrow and regret rather quickly if it becomes apparent the new pieces are overpaid and under-performing.
The Chargers are no strangers to players who failed to deliver on high expectations. The most famous example being Ryan Leaf, the second-overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, a player whose last name is literally and figuratively a four-letter word in San Diego.
The Chargers also have a history of free agent moves that over-promised and under-delivered.
Free-agent busts can be caused by injuries, unrealistic expectations or problems in the locker room, and the Chargers have had a little of each.
The difference between a bust and a player who failed to live up to expectations can be a blurry distinction, and it may not be the player’s fault. But the following 10 players are free agents acquired by San Diego who did not live up to the contracts they signed.
They are arranged in order from disappointment to full-fledged bust.