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Chargers Team Report - 05/26/10

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, May 26, 2010.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/notes.htm" target="_blank">USA Today</a>

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    Safety Kevin Ellison has been told to stay away from the team this week after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

    Ellison, who started nine games as a rookie, was told not to attend the team's workouts this week and his roster spot could be in jeopardy, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee. Ellison was already facing a challenge for his job by rookie fourth-round pick Darrell Stuckey, who possesses more speed.

    He reportedly was in possession of 100 pills of Vicodin, which was discovered after he was stopped for speeding in a school zone in Redondo Beach, Calif. He didn't have a prescription for the unusually high amount of pills in his possession.

    His agent told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Ellison simply wanted enough pain medication to get through the season following knee surgery. Chargers GM A.J. Smith released a statement saying the team was disappointed in the situation, and Ellison faces a hearing in July.

    -The Chargers have started their organized team activity workouts and just where are all the familiar faces?

    While a solid core of players remains, another core has moved on: running back LaDainian Tomlinson, defensive tackle Jamal Williams, cornerback Antonio Cromartie and backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

    "It's certainly the first practice without some guys that have been around here a long time," quarterback Philip Rivers said after a recent session. "But we have gone 6-8 weeks with the offseason program and the participating has been good as since I have been here. We got 45 guys with the 7:30 (a.m.) group pretty consistently."

    The Chargers are striving to stay the course, one they hope will eventually get them to the Super Bowl. While proud of winning four straight AFC West titles, the Chargers know the bigger prize has eluded them.

    So they are attacking OTAs and many of the other spring tune-ups with a purpose.

    Rivers thinks it's important for the younger players to see and learn just how to go about their business.

    "The guys that have been here kind of took control of things and helped guys out that needed it because obviously it was cranked up from their rookie camp," Rivers said.

    But many of those rookies didn't see some well-known former or current Chargers. In addition to those moving on, linebacker Shawne Merriman, left tackle Marcus McNeill and wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson have yet to sign their tender offers. So far, they are declining to participate in the team practice sessions.

    That opens doors for others to make an impression and Rivers said that is the silver lining from those skipping the team work.

    That's especially true for the wideouts; Legedu Naanee is also out while rehabbing a foot injury.

    "They are going to get the opportunity," Rivers said. "We know what Vince and Malcom mean to this team and bring and they will be in there.

    "But to have the opportunity to be in with guys who wouldn't normally have an opportunity ? it gives them a chance to show what they can do."

    The showing of so many fresh Chargers faces underlines the fact that many new players will be asked to contribute this season.

    "We've know who is going to be here for some time now," Rivers said. "The attendance and work has been awesome since the last week of March.

    "We have laid the ground work, now we get to go do some football stuff the next couple of weeks."


    -Ex-Chargers QB Drew Brees is in town for a charity golf tournament. QB Philip Rivers wasn't sure if their paths would cross. "Drew and I traded text messages probably a week or so ago," Rivers said. "I don't know if I will run into him or not but we certainly stay in touch."

    -WR Buster Davis, a former first-round pick, is getting to work with the first team with restricted free agents Vincent Jackson and Malcom Turner unsigned.

    "Buster understands this is a great opportunity for him," coach Norv Turner said. "He's making all the catches," S Eric Weddle said.

    "I know I have to keep my body healthy," said Davis, who has been slowed by various injuries.

    -Jim Jauch, a former Chargers scout, has rejoined the club. Jauch comes from the Browns, where he was associate director of college and pro scouting. His first stint with the Chargers was from 1992-03. He replaces Darrell Moody after he exited to join the Bills.

    -The Chargers' top two draft picks, RB Ryan Mathews and ILB Donald Butler, are missing the OTA workouts because their classes are still in session at their universities.

    -OLB Shawne Merriman and LT Marcus McNeill are skipping the OTAs because the restricted free agents haven't signed their contract tenders.

    -K Nate Kaeding isn't participating because he is still nursing a groin injury.

    -The team signed rookie free-agent LBs Boris Lee and Mike Nixon.

    -QB Philip Rivers will host a football camp in San Diego on July 10-11. He promises to throw each camper at least one pass. "Even if some of them are there as quarterbacks," he said.

    -The team continues to push its downtown site as the best spot to build a venue to replace Qualcomm Stadium.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "The more young guys you bring in, the better chance you have striking gold. There are good players here that have had success in the past and are prepared to play." - Coach Norv Turner on having seven rookie wide receivers taking part in the offseason workouts.


    MEDICAL WATCH: TE Antonio Gates was not at Wednesday's practice as he traveled to North Carolina to have his foot examined. The extent of the injury was not known, as the announcement was made by Chargers PR man Bill Johnston on his Twitter account.




    -C Dennis Norman is at a spot where the team has depth and likely won't come back.

    -OL Jon Runyan is going to retire and run for Congress.

    UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

    -*OLB Marques Harris (not tendered as RFA) is a decent pass rusher but the Chargers will likely see him go where he would get more of a chance to contribute.

    -*LB Dontarrious Thomas (not tendered as RFA) seldom saw the field when arriving late last year and appears to be a goner.

    RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (*indicates restricted because of uncapped year)

    -*WR Malcom Floyd (tendered at $3.168M with first- and third-round picks as compensation) could likely get more passes thrown his way elsewhere, but he likes San Diego and will likely take a little less to remain here.

    -*WR Vincent Jackson (tendered at $3.268M with first- and third-round picks as compensation) is the team's top receiver and will be brought back - unless the team has grown tired of his immaturity; that's doubtful after two 1,000-yard seasons.

    -*LT Marcus McNeill (tendered at $3.168M with first- and third-round picks as compensation) is a stud at left tackle and among the team's biggest offseason priorities.

    -*OLB Shawne Merriman (tendered at $3.168M with first- and third-round picks as compensation) will return, possibly, if willing to swallow his pride and lower his price tag. A motivated Merriman playing on a one-year deal could be attractive to the Chargers.



    -OLB Antwan Applewhite: ERFA; $470,000/1 yr.

    -DT Alfonso Boone: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

    -OT Jeromey Clary: RFA; (tendered at $1.684M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.684M/1 yr.

    -*DT Antonio Garay: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.

    -*DL Travis Johnson (tendered at $1.226M with first-round pick as compensation).

    -DT Ian Scott: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

    -*RB Darren Sproles: RFA; (tendered at $7.283M with first- and third-round picks as compensation); $7.283M/1 yr.

    -FB Mike Tolbert: ERFA; $470,000/1 yr.

    -TE Kris Wilson: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.


    -RB Marcus Mason (waivers Redskins).

    -CB Donald Strickland: FA Jets; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

    -CB Nate Vasher: FA Bears; $4.5M/2 yrs.


    -RB Michael Bennett (released).

    -WR Demetrius Byrd (released/non-football injury).

    -CB Antonio Cromartie (traded Jets).

    -*ILB Tim Dobbins (traded Dolphins), had been re-signed as RFA; (tendered at $1.176M with fifth-round pick as compensation); $1.176M/1 yr.

    -*C Eric Ghiaciuc: Not tendered as RFA/Browns; terms unknown.

    -TE Brandon Manumaleuna: UFA Bears; $15M/5 yrs, $$2M SB/$3M RB.

    -WR Kassim Osgood: UFA Jaguars; $6.675M/3 yrs, $2.975M guaranteed.

    -RB LaDainian Tomlinson (released).

    -*QB Charlie Whitehurst: RFA; (tendered at $1.176M with third-round pick as compensation); re-signed, traded to Seahawks.

    -NT Jamal Williams (released).

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