A Los Angeles Chargers general manager reportedly took the audacious step of apologizing to his entire team in a meeting this year following a trade of a player that didn’t meet expectations. The Chargers were involved in a trade this season of cornerback J.C. Jackson to the New England Patriots.
Los Angeles Chargers GM Tom Telesco signed Jackson to a four-year deal worth $82 million last March. The 2021 All-Pro defender didn’t live up to the hype he was to bring to the Chargers. He started in just seven games for the Chargers before they traded him to the Patriots on Oct 5.
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Jackson was a healthy scratch this season. He was benched early in 2022 before Jackson ended the season on injured reserve with a patellar tendon rupture.
GM apologized to the Los Angeles Chargers’ team
Jackson’s signing reflected poorly on Telesco, and he admitted his mistake. According to Kris Rhim of ESPN, Telesco went in front of the team to apologize for signing Jackson to such a large contract:
“Telesco stood in front of the group and began to apologize.
Telesco told the group that signing Jackson was a mistake, according to multiple team sources. He apologized for continuing to give Jackson opportunities, despite Jackson routinely showing that he wasn’t as committed as the rest of the team while being one of the Chargers’ highest paid players.
Telesco called the move a “swing and a miss.”
That contract certainly hasn’t been helpful for the Chargers season. The team is 3-4 heading into their Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets. This roster needs some extra juice to be a playoff contender in a competitive AFC West.
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