It is mystifying Hart has a spot on an NFL roster, yet alone in the starting lineup for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. He misses too many tackles; he's frequently caught out of position; and he has about as much range as a 1970's cell phone.
Compounding this issue is the fact that the Chargers have some three talented youngsters waiting for their turn: Paul Oliver, Kevin Ellison and C.J. Spillman.
Releasing Hart would free up a spot to sign a veteran corner like Fletcher. The Bolts can no longer afford to function with only three corners given Antonio Cromartie's complete collapse. Once Fletcher (or another veteran) is signed and up to speed, the Chargers would have the option to start Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason while using the newcomer in the nickel defense.
No matter the means, the Chargers must protect themselves in case Cromartie continues to play like one of the sorriest corners in the league.
QB Charlie Whitehurst
For a team with as many injury concerns as the Chargers, there is no reason to keep a third QB, especially one who looked lost during the preseason. Whitehurst is in the last year of his rookie contract, anyway, so there's no harm in bringing an end to his Chargers career 12 games early.
It helps that starter Philip Rivers has never missed a game due to injury, while backup Billy Volek is one of the best No. 2's in the game. Legedu Naanee and David Binn are the emergency QB options.
Cutting ties with Whitehurst would allow the team to add depth to its D-line. Even once Travis Johnson returns from a groin injury, the Bolts are perilously thin at that spot after losing both Jamal Williams and Ryon Bingham to season-ending triceps injuries. Also, rookie Vaughn Martin is in no way equipped to contribute to an NFL defense at this point in his career.
The team's options for adding a D-lineman include: 1) offer the Baltimore Ravens a 2010 fifth-round pick for Brandon McKinney, Jamal Williams' former backup who has fallen out of Baltimore's rotation; 2) re-sign two-gap lineman Keith Grennan, who spent the previous two seasons on San Diego's practice squad and is now on the practice squad of the Cleveland Browns; and 3) choose from a list of free agents that includes Dewayne Robertson, John Thornton and James Reed.
WR Buster Davis
It may seem odd to suggest the Chargers should replace a nine-year veteran with an unproven junior in hopes of providing an immediate spark. However, this would give a stronger order to the receiving rotation.
Benching Chambers allows Malcom Floyd to claim the starting spot he's earned many times over. He and Vincent Jackson would give Rivers a pair of twin-tower targets the likes of which the NFL has never before seen. Also, this would give more opportunities to third wide-out Legedu Naanee, who has been electrifying in limited opportunities.
This move also allows Davis a chance to work his way into a contributing role. Whether it's returning punts, running reverses or playing out of the slot in obvious passing situations, Davis has the ability to make this team better.
As for Chambers, the Chargers could try to move him before the Oct. 19 trade deadline or could keep him on as injury insurance -- as the team has learned so far this season, you can never have enough of that.
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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.