Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) scores on a seven-yard run during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agent Rumors: San Diego Chargers say Ryan Mathews still starting running back

When the San Diego Chargers handed Donald Brown a $10.4 million dollar contract this offseason, eyebrows were raised.

Where the Chargers moving on from Ryan Mathews – this after the former Fresno State product had finally began to realize some of his potential? According to Chargers GM Tom Telesco, that’s not the case as Telesco recently referred to Mathews as the team ‘bell cow’ and he will remain as the starting running back moving forward.

“We know Ryan is our bell cow,” Telesco said. “He’s our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny
Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better.”

Brown, formally of the Indianapolis Colts should provide solid depth for the Chargers and will be able to step in for Mathews if he has to miss time with injury (and given his history, that seems rather plausible).

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  • blackroseMD1

    In case that wasn’t immediately obvious. Hahaha

  • arnie

    ThE Charges should have cleared enough cap space, to ensure RM24 will not make it to FA.

  • MachoMenos

    Although I was one of the few that never lost faith in Mathews and believe that even better days are ahead of him Telesco signing Brown was an act of genius. Like Mathews, injury and stupid mistakes seemed to define Brown in Indy. Finally taking the next step Brown, according to PFF, averaged 3.28 yards after contact per carry, which was the best for all backs with at least 40 carries. And he finally learned to pass block. He gives us a back that doesn’t have a lot of wear on him, can spell Mathews during the game and in case of injury and adds another dimension to our offense. Most importantly of all, it gives Telesco leverage in case Danny and Ryan decide they want Chris Johnson or Darren Sproles type money next year. Although I really don’t think they would both leave, in today’s NFL you have to be prepared for every scenario.