New general manager Tom Telesco made the decision to cut the organization's loss. The Chargers announced Wednesday that Gaither has been released. The move will cause a significant amount of dead money to be placed on San Diego's salary cap this season, but Gaither basically was a lost cause to the Chargers after an awful year. The Chargers will eat a $6 million cap hit not to keep him on the roster.
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Gaither was handed $13.5 million in guaranteed money last season, including $8 million to sign. He wound up starting four games and was questioned openly about his work ethic. Teammates and writers suggested Gaither was milking a back injury and that he really didn't want to play.
"I can't even look him in the eye," one veteran Charger told U-T San Diego's Kevin Acee in December. Another one said: "(Expletive) Gaither. He (expletive) cost us big-time."
Two teams that need tackles have given up on Gaither in successive seasons. He's supremely talented, but it's safe to say he won't get a huge (expletive) contract from an NFL team ever again.