Tuesday, August 30, 2011
End of an era in San Diego
By Bill Williamson
There is not a more faceless name on an NFL roster than the one that belongs to a team's long snapper.
In most NFL cities, the snapper is simply a part of the special teams. If you know his name that often means he made a major mistake.
Yet, it was a different story for the San Diego Chargers. David Binn was a known part of the San Diego organization. For nearly two decades, Binn personified San Diego's special teams.
That’s why there are some sad folks in San Diego on Tuesday after the Chargers cut Binn. He is, by far, the biggest name in the AFC West to be cut this week. He played in San Diego for a team-record 17 seasons and a team-record 179 consecutive games, 256 games overall. His first season was 1994, the only time San Diego played in the Super Bowl.
He goes into the annals as one of the most remembered San Diego players of all time.
The Chargers have decided to go with Mike Windt at long snapper. In the end, youth and the fact that Windt has two more years on his contract swayed the Chargers. Binn, 39, was entering his contract's final year.
Binn’s San Diego career essentially ended in Week 1 at Kansas City when he injured a hamstring that shelved him for the 2o1o season. Windt was the Chargers’ fifth snapper of 2010, but he played in the final 11 games of the season.
Now Windt continues his job as the lonely, unknown long snapper in San Diego. How times are changing.
UPDATE: Here are some of the Chargers’’ other cuts Tuesday. No surprises here.