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Dielman's Press Conference: LoNeal, LT were part of the process...

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Thunderstruck, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. Thunderstruck

    Thunderstruck BoltTalker

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    Watch the presser here: http://www.chargers.com/news/headlines/dielman-agrees-to.htm

    Some highlights:

    LoNeal was calling Dielman all through the night telling him not to sign.

    Apparently there was an effort made by LoNeal and LT to sway Dean & Ed McGuire.

    It meant something to Dielman that AJ called him to reiterate that he was their #1 priority.

    Dielman kept telling his agent to keep the Chargers in the mix.

    He said Seattle never felt right and things just didn't click for him there.

    It's obvious he wanted to stay in SD to be with his line-mates, to keep the same line coaches (he credits Hunter and Henry for pushing his game to the next level) to block for LT, and because he loves the city.

    Yesterday he thought it wasn't going to happen, that SD wasn't going to step up, but he wasn't willing to close the door.
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    That is great news. This shows the core leadership the team has. I think we can expect great things in the future.
     
  3. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Dielman is a model Charger he doesn't play ***** ball like Donnie and company, anyone who doesn't want to be a part of it can fuc off
     
  4. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    OK pretty much everybody we want is under contract so now it's time for these guys to get some hardware.
     
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  5. Electric Chair

    Electric Chair Well-Known Member

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    Seeing Norv at the start of that makes me chuckle. That guy must be the most excited person on the planet; to the point he must have trouble sleeping at night thinking about the roster that he has compared to the ones he has had in the past. He could fall on his face and still win 10 games with our roster.
     
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  6. Electric Chair

    Electric Chair Well-Known Member

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    Excellent point. Donnie can go take a flying fuq demanding a new deal when he was already so well compensated.

    "Either you're a Charger or your not." ~AJ Smith
     
  7. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    LOVE IT!
     
  8. Thunderstruck

    Thunderstruck BoltTalker

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    Notice how many of the Chargers player-leaders have gone to bat for Edwards? I mean I can hardly keep up with all the Chargers publicly begging AJ not to let Donnie go.

    Anyone else think Donnie's "woe-is-me I deserve more money and more more recognition" act was starting to wear thin with the players as well?
     
  9. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    I suspect the players already had enough with his wusssy style of play and not sticking his nose in the pile. The pity me gimme more money just cemented the deal to get him the phuc outta here.
     
  10. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=2786738

    Updated: March 3, 2007, 8:45 PM ET
    Dielman returns to ChargersAssociated Press
    National Football League News Wire

    SAN DIEGO -- Kris Dielman was at dinner with Matt Hasselbeck
    and some other Seattle players Friday night when he got a text
    message from his agent that a fat free agent contract with the
    Seahawks was all but ready to be signed.

    Something didn't feel right, though. On top of that, fullback
    Lorenzo Neal kept calling, imploring Dielman to re-sign with the
    San Diego Chargers.

    After a sleepless night, Dielman left about $10 million on the
    table in Seattle and signed a six-year deal with the Chargers worth
    $39 million, with $17 million guaranteed in the first two years.

    With that, one of the most sought-after offensive linemen was
    off the market and the line that blocked so well for NFL MVP
    LaDainian Tomlinson remained intact.

    "This morning my agent called me with some good news," said
    Dielman, the left guard. "I told him, 'Get me out of here, man.
    Get me home, back to sunny San Diego."

    Dielman had flown to Seattle on Friday on a private jet provided
    by the Seahawks. He returned in a coach seat on Alaska Airlines.

    The deal came together quickly Saturday morning in talks between
    Dielman's agent, Mike McCartney and the Chargers, who had said
    keeping Dielman was their top priority in free agency.

    Dielman didn't want to leave, but his agent and the Chargers
    hadn't spoken since November, so he had to test the market.

    "San Diego gave me my chance," Dielman said. "They gave me
    every opportunity to stay here when I was coming up through the
    ranks. I gave them every opportunity and they stepped up."

    Dielman said loyalty was more important than money.

    "Money's nice, but if you're not happy, if you're miserable, it
    ain't really worth it, in my opinion. I'm happy. San Diego's happy.
    Money ain't a factor. It never really was, either," he said.


    General manager A.J. Smith called it a "big, big signing,"
    adding that the Chargers wouldn't have been able to do the deal if
    the money gap was too big.

    "Obviously, he's making a statement that it's not all about
    money, as long as he's comfortable with it,"
    said Smith, who added that Dielman's work ethic is unmatched. "I knew he was that kind of guy, but you don't know the results until it's done."

    Dielman said the Seahawks players took him to Qwest Field "and
    they walked me through their tunnel. That was an emotional game
    when we played there last year. It didn't feel right. It wasn't
    clicking real well. It turned out for the best, man."

    The Chargers rallied to beat the Seahawks 20-17 in the final
    minute on Dec. 24.

    Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick said he was "pumped up, man,"
    after getting a call from Dielman.

    "I thought he was gone," Hardwick said. "I didn't think we
    were going to get him back. He called me and said, 'Are you ready
    to make a run at the Super Bowl?' He was pretty excited."

    The Chargers' negotiator, Ed McGuire, said in a statement that
    team president Dean Spanos "wasn't going to let Kris get away and
    he didn't. Dean knows how valuable Kris is to our team in so many
    different ways. He stepped up and made it happen."

    Dielman joined the Chargers in 2003 as an undrafted defensive
    lineman from Indiana. He was converted to guard in his rookie
    season and became a starter early in the 2005 season. He has
    quickly blossomed into a top offensive lineman.

    "It's a great story for any young player," new coach Norv
    Turner said. "Kris comes in here as a defensive lineman and three
    years later he's a Pro Bowl alternate. It's just a great example of
    if you set your mind to it and you're determined, great things can
    happen."
     
  11. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    I'm gonna laugh my balls off when Donnie get signed by Detroit for some small deal because noone wants him.

    I am so excited for the season, I am so excited for this signing. AJ is building something POWERFUL here, for those guys to step up and urge Kris to saty speaks volumes for the comraderie here in SD.

    Gotta get that ring!!!
     
  12. Electric Chair

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    That **** gives me chills. :yes:

    The Lombardi is OURS!!!!!!!!!!!! :abq1:
     
  13. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Man, I'm gonna be stoked for a while about this. I honestly thought he was a goner, and I had already resigned myself to saying goodbye to him.

    Best part, I don't have to change my sig banner! YES!!!
     
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    I AM BACK JACK !!!
     
  15. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Does anyone really want Donnie?

    MTL's prediction:

    He will demand a shitload of money that nobody wants to pay. He will be signed late into the FA process for peanuts, realizing that he sucks and should take what he can still get, and he'll be a backup this year getting little to no playing time, only to retire before the 2008 season.
     
  16. TheLash

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    Oh HELL YES!:abq1:
     
  17. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    DIRTY DIELMAN
     
  18. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    :lol: Was that Norv? Or Reche Caldwell? See those eyeballs poppin' outta' his melon? :lol: Dude was doin' a serious pee pee dance up there. Nervous Norv.
     
  19. Alpenbolt

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    Boy you guys don't miss any opportunity to bash Donnie. He is gone, give it a rest.
     
  20. BFISA

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    Shoulda been here when WE worked Drew over!! :icon_eek: :yes:

    :icon_rofl:
     
  21. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Yeah. At least Donnie's departure is recent news.:lol:
     
  22. PhillyChargerFan

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    The thing i'm most impressed with is how AJ finds these HIGH CHARACTER players. Guys with a sense of loyality and commitment to the team. :icon_toast:

    Way to go!!!!!!!!
     
  23. AnteaterCharger

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    LT seems to be our best weapon on the field and one of our best off the field
     
  24. bigcarson50

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    It is this kind of leadership that is why we don't need a strong personality for a coach.
     
  25. Kwak

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    No ****.

    I am all geeked up about the season and it is only freaking MARCH!!
     
  26. Thunderstruck

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    We shoulda hired LoNeal to be head coach. It's obvious he already has more pull with the FO than Marty ever did. :lol:

    Marty: I want to keep Brees around. He's my starting QB.
    AJ: Duly noted. "One-arm" is going to NO and PR is your new QB.

    LoNeal: We need to keep Dirty. You need to PAY the man!
    AJ: Okay, Lo, we'll make sure he stays. You just keep blowing up the Mikes.
     
  27. boltssbbound

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    That was sort of what happened when we got him in the first place. Donnie priced himself out of the early market, and he had to settle for less from us than he thought he was worth.
     

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