San Diego Chargers 2011 Roster Cuts, Tolzien and Ajirotutu Find Homes
The San Diego Chargers let 27 players off their "roster leash" Saturday afternoon.
Among them were first-year player Seyi Ajirotutu, San Diego native Ogemdi Nwagbuo and promising quarterback Scott Tolzien.
Let's get one thing out of the way, the Chargers were stacked in wide receivers. It must have been gut-wrenching for them to get rid of such great talent.
Seyi Ajirotutu, unfortunately, was told not to report to practice and that he was not to be on the final 53-man week one roster for the 2011 regular season.
"Tutu," as many fans refer to him, had many supporters among the fans in San Diego. They all wanted him to be the future idol among the Chargers' wide receivers. He had one heck of a game at the Texans in 2010, catching four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He had the elements of a deep-threat receiver. Now that he's not in San Diego anymore, fans must accept the front office's decision and hope Tutu is available during the season.
Ajirotutu didn't have to wait long to get a new gig.
Tutu was acquired by the Carolina Panthers and could be catching passes from starting rookie quarterback Cam Newton.
What grade do you give the Chargers on their roster decisions?
Nwagbuo was born in San Diego and went to Mt. Miguel High School in Spring Valley, California. Now he has to cope with leaving his hometown to find work somewhere else.
The second-year defensive lineman out of Michigan State was solid when needed. He started five games in 2010 and has disrupted offensive lines since 2009, when he was put into the trenches as a rookie.
Another disappointing move that Chargers fans objected to was the cut of impressive rookie quarterback Scott Tolzien.
But the Chargers believed there were more important needs at different positions, so they let Tolzien go.
The young quarterback out of Wisconsin University completed 25 out of 40 passes for 302 yards, one touchdown and one interception. So he didn't look half bad for a third string QB.
The day after Tolzien was cut, like Ajirotutu, he was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco 49ers. He'll be the third string quarterback in San Francisco, behind Alex Smith and fellow rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
I hope all of the players who have been cut have successful seasons and hope for good competition when they and the Chargers meet again.
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