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Chargers threaten to punish holdout

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/cs-0508190179aug19,1,654166.story?coll=cs-football-print&ctrack=1&cset=true">Chicago Tribune</a>

    Antonio Gates, who set an NFL record for touchdown catches by a tight end last season, was given an ultimatum by the San Diego Chargers on Thursday:

    Get to camp by Saturday afternoon or face a three-game suspension.

    Gates has been seeking a long-term contract to replace the $380,000 he is due to make this year.

    He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003.

    The ultimatum came in the form of a letter sent to Gates' agent, Andre Colona. In order to avoid a suspension, Gates was told by the Chargers he will need to either sign a new multiyear deal or the one-year contract for $380,000.

    More embarrassment for Chiefs

    In a third embarrassing episode involving Kansas City Chiefs players this week, authorities in Minnesota said they quelled a disturbance involving backup quarterback Todd Collins.

    No charges were filed after the disturbance early Sunday at a bar in Stillwater, Minn., near the Chiefs' River Falls, Wis., training camp. But according to police reports, a woman claimed she was injured during the melee.

    Earlier, kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged with breaking a bouncer's nose in a bar fight in River Falls and defensive tackle Junior Siavii and safety Greg Wesley were arrested after what was reported as a drunken confrontation with police in a Minneapolis hotel.

    Tough road ahead for Clarett

    After missing nearly two weeks with a groin injury, Maurice Clarett returned to practice Thursday, the last day of training camp for the Denver Broncos. The team's third-round draft choice hadn't practiced since Aug. 8 due to a strained right groin.

    Coach Mike Shanahan, however, has been blunt in his assessment of Clarett all week, emphasizing how hard it would be for a rookie to make the roster if he's not practicing.

    "You can't make the club in the tub. We all know that," quarterback Jake Plummer said, echoing Steelers great Joe Greene.

    Clarett is listed as the Broncos' fifth back. Among those ahead of him are former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, who's had an excellent camp.

    Colts' Freeney practices

    Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney, who had shoulder surgery in the off-season, returned to practice Thursday. He hadn't worked out with his Indianapolis Colts teammates since a January playoff loss to the Patriots.

    Boulware's return delayed

    Baltimore linebacker Peter Boulware passed his physical and is set to rejoin the Ravens.

    Boulware is expected to sign a one-year, $1 million contract with an additional $1 million in incentives.

    Boulware, 30, a $6 million salary-cap casualty this spring, hasn't played since December 2003 due to knee and toe injuries.

    New home for Mickens

    Nine-year veteran nickel back Ray Mickens, released earlier this month by the New York Jets, the only NFL team he had ever played for, signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

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