One day after the Green Bay Packers made the strange decision to release linebacker D.J. Smith, he’s found a home with the San Diego Chargers.
Word out of Green Bay is the Packers cut Smith because he failed his physical. Well, that’s kind of what happens when guys are rehabbing torn ACLs, isn’t it? Obviously, that was just used as an excuse to cut Smith, who started nine games over his first two seasons.
Word out of Smith’s camp is he was as befuddled at his release as we were yesterday.
Anyway, now he gets to leave behind the crappy Green Bay weather and play in beautiful San Diego, which he seemed pretty pleased about.
Chargers sign linebacker D.J. Smith. Please welcome and follow @dj_smith51 to San Diego!
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) April 25, 2013
The only downside is, the Chargers pretty much suck and they have a crazy, stupid redneck for a quarterback. There could be a KKK rally going on around any corner with that guy.
The weather is nice though and there are plenty of good-looking women. So there’s that.
Smith will probably go on to become a Pro Bowl linebacker now and he can thank Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy for giving up on him after only two seasons.
My bet is he’ll PUP to start the season, so that’s over a third of the season wasted. Then he’ll practice and the staff will hem & haw for a few weeks (does a recent rule change impact the timeframe??). So two-thirds of the season will be gone before he hits the field, in a backup capacity. Basically, a wasted year.
Next year will likely show he’s lost a half-step, due to the injury. Slower to a tackle; slower in coverage.
Don’t really have a problem with the Packers letting him go.
Wonder why they’re hanging onto Quarless and Worthy?
Ketchman said that word around was Smith’s injury was severe enough to be called “career threatening”.
Dickie Dunn wrote this it must be true!