Back when I was a freshman in college, a girl -- let's call her Rachel, since that was actually her name -- told me she wanted to go out with me but not for a couple years. She wanted to settle down with me eventually but wasn't ready to settle down with anyone just yet.
"I just wish I could keep you in a shoebox under my bed and know you'd be there when I was ready," she told me.
And just like that, the phrase "shoebox boyfriend" became a common term in my social group.
On Tuesday, the Chargers gave four players the "shoebox" treatment. The team waived-injured CB Chris Davis, OG Melvin Meggs, WR Torrence Allen and FS Gordon Hill. If all four players clear waivers, they will be placed on the "Reserve-Injured" list.
Each of the four players was dealing with a minor injury. By sending them to I.R. now instead of waiting for them to recover, the Chargers retain their rights heading into next season. In essence, GM Tom Telesco is saying, "I don't want you to play for us right now, but there is a chance we may need you in future seasons."
So Davis, Meggs, Allen and Hill will now go sit in a shoebox until next offseason.
Davis, who is recovering from a concussion, is the biggest name on the list. He appeared in 12 games last season, including one start. However, he was unlikely to contribute this season as he found himself stuck behind Brandon Flowers, Jason Verrett, Patrick Robinson, Craig Mager and Steve Williams on the depth chart.
Meggs was a contender for a backup role on the interior offensive line, but Trevor Robinson, Jeremiah Sirles and Craig Watts appear to have locked down those positions.
Allen and Hill are strictly developmental prospects at this point.
The Chargers play the 49ers in San Francisco on Thursday, Sept. 3, and have until Friday, Sept. 5 at 4pm EST to make 22 additional transactions to get the roster down to 53 players.
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Michael Lombardo has covered the San Diego Chargers since 2003. He spent 12 years covering the team for Scout.com and has also been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Footballinsiders.com and MySpace Sports. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter @NFLinsider_Mike.