By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Ian White will have to take another path to the NFL. The San Diego Chargers were impressed with the Kennett High grad but have a surplus of guards and thus cut the 2013 Boston College captain on Wednesday.
White shared the news on his Facebook page.
"Well my time in San Diego was short but I was thankful for the opportunity. I was not the positional fit that they were looking for. Looking to see if there are other teams interested now. Thank you everyone for you support the last few weeks."
White, the son of Barbara and Brad White of North Conway, signed an unrestricted free agent contract minutes after the NFL draft concluded on May 10 with the Chargers. He's been working out with the team since May 12.
"We have to wait for the phone to ring again," Brad said. "...It kind of broke Barb's and my hearts. This is one of the things we had no control over, hopefully, he'll get another shot.
White, who wore No. 64 in San Diego, was placed on waivers by the Chargers effective Thursday. Waivers is an NFL labor management procedure by which a team makes a football player contract or NFL rights (such as NFL draft rights to an unsigned player) available to all other teams. During the season (starting July 4 and lasting through the regular season), each team has 24 hours to file a claim for a player that another team has made available through the system or waive the right to do so. During the off season, which this is, each team has several days to file such claims. Claiming teams are assigned the rights to or contracts via a priority system based on inverse order of record. Players that pass through waivers unclaimed become free agents.
The Chargers posted the following on their website: "The Chargers officially announced the signing of running back Branden Oliver. San Diego also waived/injured receiver Tobais Palmer and cut offensive tackle Ian White."
The 5-8, 203-pound Oliver ran 310 times for 1,535 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior ay the University of Buffalo in 2013.
"We hope a few more doors will open for Ian," Brad said. "They called him hoping he could be an (offensive) tackle, but he wants to be a right guard. They took a third round draft pick at right guard (on May 9). He played fine, but what they're really looking for is a true tackle.
"... The hope is he's on waivers right now, hopefully someone will call," he said. "He needs to go to a place that needs a right guard. We're back to playing the waiting game again. They told him his workouts were fine and he trained well."
The Chargers agreed to terms with a total of 17 rookie free agents following the conclusion of the draft May 10 and started their rookie camp two days later.
Brad White said the Chargers, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs were all interested in his son's service going into the draft. Nearly a dozen teams had checked in with the 6'5", 311 pound offensive lineman.
"San Diego and Houston had told Ian beforehand he was one of their priority free agents but there was also a possibility something might happen in the sixth or seventh round," Brad said. "It wasn't three minutes after the draft officially ended that the phone rang and we hear Ian say, 'Yes, I want to be a Charger.'"
White contacted his agent who assessed all of the team drafts and thought San Diego "was a very good fit" for his talents.
About 30 minutes after agreeing to be a Charger, White got a call from Kansas City seeing if he was still available.
Twenty minutes later, Joe D'Alessandri, the offensive line coach for the Chargers called to introduce himself to White and welcome him aboard. He also told him to head to the west coast and quickly.
"Going undrafted doesn't kill a football player's dream of playing in the NFL, as the league has a rich history of turning undrafted free agents into valuable pieces," the popular website SB Nation states. "After the seventh and final round of the draft, teams switch gears into full-on recruitment mode. While late-round picks are obligated to show up to the respective camp of the team that drafted them, undrafted free agents have their choice of situations. While teams can't offer more than a non-guaranteed NFL minimum salary, each team is allotted a pool of signing bonus money for the process. According to Pro Football Talk, that number is just over $80,000 for 2014.
Recent players to achieve undrafted free agent success in the NFL are Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Priest Holmes, Antonio Gates and Adam Vinatieri.