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Change-of-scenery deal

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=clayton_john#20060411">ESPN</a>

    By John Clayton

    The trade of 49ers wide receiver Rashaun Woods for Chargers cornerback Sammy Davis shouldn't be much of a surprise. Both were first-round disappointments. Niners coach Mike Nolan might have cut or traded Woods last year, but the cap hit would have too steep. Now, they let him go and take only a $111,000 cap hit even though Woods is only entering his third season. The Chargers have given Davis every chance to be the starting cornerback, but he never felt comfortable in that role. He ended up with four starts last season and played 31 percent of the Chargers' defensive downs. The Chargers called every team in the league trying to shop Davis. They were asking for a third-round draft pick. The 49ers have been thin at cornerback since releasing Ahmed Plummer, so Davis was a good gamble.

    The Chargers may not be done trading. Two more players are on block although nothing might not happen as quickly as the Davis deal with the 49ers. The Chargers are shopping linebacker Donnie Edwards and safety Hanik Milligan. For Edwards, the Chargers want a second-round choice. For Milligan, one of the game's best special-teams players, the Chargers want a fifth-rounder. Both players are entering the final years of their contracts and will be free agents in 2007. Milligan has been complaining about getting a new contract and the Chargers think he might hold out, one of the reasons he's being shopped.

    Giving up on Woods is not a strong endorsement for recent 49ers draft. He becomes the fourth first-round pick to leave this offseason. Julian Peterson and Andre Carter signed for big money with the Seahawks and Redskins, respectively. Plummer was cut and hasn't landed with anyone. The only first-rounders still left on the 49ers roster are defensive end Bryant Young, safety Mike Rumph, tackle Kwame Harris and quarterback Alex Smith.

    One of the reasons the Chargers like Woods is they thought he could be another Keenan McCardell. Woods had hamstring problems that plagued him during his first season. He had other injuries with the 49ers last season. Not being a fast receiver, Woods lost the confidence of the 49ers coaches by looking too slow on the field. The Chargers plan to put Woods behind McCardell and let him learn. McCardell could teach him enough efficient route running to make this a good trade for the Chargers down the road.

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