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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers released wide receiver Robert Meachem, whose signing in 2012 was a $14 million mistake by th

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers released wide receiver Robert Meachem, whose signing in 2012 was a $14 million mistake by the A. Cheap Wholesale Nike Sb Shoes .J. Smith regime. Meachems release Saturday, along with 10 others to get down to the 53-man limit, came two days after he sustained a concussion following a reception in a 41-6 loss to San Francisco in the exhibition finale. Meachem was part of a costly, unproductive free-agent class in 2012, which was viewed as a desperate gamble by Smith to save his job as general manager. He and coach Norv Turner were fired a day after the Chargers finished last season at 7-9, their first losing record in 10 years and their third straight year out of the playoffs. Meachem was given a four-year contract with $14 million guaranteed, including a $5 million salary this year. Signed the same day Smith let Vincent Jackson leave as a free agent, Meachem caught only 14 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns last season. Meacham had been a forgotten man since dropping a potential touchdown pass in a 7-6 loss at Cleveland last season. "It just didnt work out, unfortunately," said GM Tom Telesco, who put together his first 53-man roster. "Hes a great kid, a great person. He did everything we asked. It just didnt work out." Also cut were tackle Nick Becton, outside linebacker Frank Beltre, tight end Ben Cotton, cornerback Marcus Cromartie, defensive end Logan Harrell, running back Michael Hill, cornerback Josh Johnson, linebacker Thomas Keiser, centre David Molk and tight end David Rolf. Telesco has had to overhaul the roster after Smiths many mistakes during the last several seasons took their toll on a team that won four straight AFC West titles from 2006-09. On March 27, Telesco released left tackle Jared Gaither, the biggest bust in Smiths tenure. Gaither was released after just one season of a four-year, $24.5 million contract, of which $13.5 million was guaranteed. "I like this group of guys a lot because we see how hard they work and know theyll go out and fight," Telesco said. "Thats the big thing. This is a group of guys who look to prove people wrong. Theres nothing wrong with that." The Chargers will carry three quarterbacks, at least for now. Brad Sorensen, a seventh-round draft choice, made the team behind starter Philip Rivers and backup Charlie Whitehurst. "Well see how he develops," Telesco said. "He had a nice preseason and were happy with what hes showing in practice. Obviously the third quarterback doesnt get a lot of snaps, but he got enough in preseason. He definitely has skills and we like him at a position where theyre very difficult to find." Among those making the roster were running back Fozzy Whittaker, who was on Arizonas practice squad for two weeks last season, as well as safety Jahleel Addae and Kwame Geathers, both undrafted rookies. Geathers brother, Robert, plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. His uncle, James "Jumpy" Geathers, spent 13 seasons with four NFL teams. "They came in with an opportunity and took it and ran with it and won jobs. Its very rewarding to those guys," Telesco said. The Chargers set their offensive line on Friday when they released veteran left tackle Max Starks, who lost the battle for the starting job to King Dunlap. The Chargers return two starting offensive linemen, but only centre Nick Hardwick returns in his original position. Jeromey Clary has moved from right tackle to right guard, and first-round draft pick D.J. Fluker will start at right tackle. Left guard Chad Rinehart, like Dunlap, was a free agent acquisition. "I thought the line, as they started playing together more and have gotten a lot of snaps together, are getting better and better," Telesco said. "Were starting to see the three inside guys click, which is big. Its a new spot for Jeromey, Nick is the lynchpin and Chad is new to us. Communication is getting better among all five guys. 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No, he didnt hit the franchise quarterback, but Indy coaches immediately scolded the rookie and reminded him of the potentially dire consequences if he made the same mistake again. "If you come within two yards of him, you might get cut," Mathis said with a smile this week. "Thats just the truth." Mathis wised up fast, which is why he is still hanging around Indianapolis (4-2) and wreaking havoc in opposing backfields. Since making that blunder, Mathis has seen and done just about everything in 11 NFL seasons. Hes won a Super Bowl, two AFC titles, been to five consecutive Pro Bowls, topped 100 career sacks and is now chasing the Colts franchise record for sacks, held by his old pal Dwight Freeney. At age 32, he shares the NFL lead with 9 1/2 sacks, and he has proven to be every bit as effective as a standup linebacker as he was playing defensive end. This weekend, Mathis will finally get a chance to add one missing line to his resume — sacking Manning. Though 14 players on Indys roster remain from the Manning era, only five went up against him in practice — linebackers Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner, safety Antoine Bethea, defensive linemen Ricardo Matthews, Fili Moala and Mathis. But through the years, the protective blanket around Manning always existed. "If you did hit him, you might as well pack your bags and leave town," Angerer said. On Sunday night, when Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time as the opponent, the Colts defence can finally line him up. Mathis and others have made it clear all week that they are not making this game personal. But when the Broncos (6-0) and Colts (4-2) meet in the NFLs most anticipated homecoming since Brett Favre showed up in Green Bay with the Vikings, Mathis plans to get down to the business of putting Manning on the ground. It wont be easy, and with Manning it never is. In 230 career games, Manning has been sacked just 257 times, an average of 17.9 per season. This year, Manning leads the league with 22 TD passes, a 128. Nike Sb Sale. passer rating, an offence that is on pace to shatter the NFLs single-season scoring record. Hes been sacked just five times despite playing behind an offensive line that includes a backup left tackle, a first-year centre and a right tackle who finished last weeks 35-19 victory at right guard. The biggest challenge this week might be avoiding Mathis. "If this was a scenario where all I had to do maybe was come back and wave and smile and kiss a few babies and sign a few autographs, itd be different," Manning said. "But somehow Ive got to figure out a way to stay away from Mathis and try to complete a few passes on (Vontae) Davis and Bethea and thats going to be tough because I think its a tough defence." Indys defence looks nothing like the one Manning left behind. The Colts have ditched their trademark 4-3 look for the trendy hybrid 3-4, cut ties with defensive captain Gary Brackett and let Freeney walk away in free agency. Over the past two seasons, Indy has added five new starters in the front seven, moved Mathis and replaced three of the four starters in the secondary. Manning has spent most of the week working overtime to get familiar with all the new faces and philosophies. But the ex-teammates know what to expect from their former quarterback. "Its going to be a chess match, of course. He looks for his mismatches just like any other quarterback does," Bethea said. "Its going to be tough. He might get us a few times, we might get him a few times, but for the most part, like I continue to say, we got to go out there and play ball. When we get chances to make plays, we got to make our plays." Especially Mathis, who has the ability to change games with big, turnover-causing sacks. Manning has seen it before, hes just never been the target since that practice in 2003. Until now. "Somebody asked me earlier, is it the same as playing against Eli, and I said I guarantee Robert Mathis hits a heck of a lot harder than Eli does," Manning said. "From that standpoint, its definitely different. All I know is kind of what I have to do right now is great ready for a good defence. Boy, theyre impressive to watch on film. Mathis, Robert is having a great year. Its really a factor." ' ' '

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