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Inside Slant - 05/04/07

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, May 5, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm" target="_blank">USA Today</a>
    <p class="inside-copy"><img src="http://photos.signonsandiego.com/gallery1.5/albums/061029rams/SMHchargers260201x0025.jpg" title="Michael Turner" alt="Michael Turner" align="right" height="201" width="139" /> Put those thoughts of trading Michael Turner on the back-burner.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Turner will again back-up NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson this season. In the weeks leading up to the draft, general manager A. J. Smith actively shopped Turner, a restricted free agent.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> But when the draft came and went and no one knocked over Smith with a trade package, he swiftly pulled Turner from the trade market. Instead of possibly landing a bounty which would have included a first-round pick, Turner will stay put as a $2.35 million insurance policy.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Turner, who visited Tennessee and Buffalo, is relieved to be staying put.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "It brings closure to this chapter and I get (to) focus on being a Charger and not focus on being somewhere else," said Turner, who averaged 6.3 yards a carry last year. "Now I can work out with the fellas and have confidence that I'm going to be here and working together towards something."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> By tendering Turner at the highest level, Smith knew another club probably wouldn't surrender a first- and third-round pick this year. But Smith was flexible in having the compensation spread over a couple of years if it would facilitate a deal.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Now, Smith is resigned to letting Turner walk after this season, probably getting no more than a third-round compensatory pick for his exit. And that's fine with Smith, who thinks this year's squad can do something not done by a Chargers team since 1994: win a playoff game.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> In fact, Smith thinks this team can have a deep postseason run. But if by chance Tomlinson were to go down, those playoff dreams wouldn't necessary die if Turner slipped in.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "I knew at the start of this process that it was like a win-win for me," Turner said. "On one side, I would be on a good team that's ready to win a championship right now.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "The other side, I'd be the man, and it would depend on what team I was going to - a team just trying to get to the playoffs or a team on the bubble of doing something great."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> It's great news for Chargers fans that Turner is back. Now, they just have to hope he doesn't get much action.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RT Shane Olivea took to training like a boxer in the offseason to increase his stamina. "I have a whole new respect for boxing," he said. "I didn't think a minute was so long. The first time I did it, I was dog tired. I couldn't lift my shoulders, they were so sore."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Something Olivea can't knock out of his thoughts is the top-seeded Chargers going toes-up at home last season in the playoffs to the underdog Patriots.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "I'll take that game to my grave," said Olivea.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The Chargers have no interested in free-agent WR Keyshawn Johnson.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LT Marcus McNeill, a former star at Auburn, is well aware of the team's first-round pick, WR Craig Davis, who played at LSU. "I played against Craig and he was always a real hard match up for our DBs because he's so quick," McNeill said.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The team is exploring the possibilities of constructing office buildings alongside a new stadium to be built in Oceanside, a suburb about 30 miles north of San Diego. Two other cities, National City and Chula Vista, remain interested in exploring the possibility of building a new venue. The team hopes to have a stadium measure on the November 2008 ballot.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OLB Shawne Merriman is still recuperating from an offseason shoulder injury and won't participate in the team drills during minicamp.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "I knew that since Day 1 when I got here. Going to San Diego, and they've got L.T., so it wasn't like I was planning on coming here and taking over. I was planning to get better every year and getting my name out there." -- RB Michael Turner, when asked if it's frustrating playing behind NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Medical Watch</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OLB Shawne Merriman (shoulder; expected to be ready for training camp).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Randall Godfrey could return, if he doesn't retire.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Leander Jordan's time has likely come and gone.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-S Terrence Kiel became a free agent when team declined to buy back voidable '07 and '08 contract years.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DT Ryon Bingham: ERFA; teams unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Greg Camarillo: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OG Kris Dielman: UFA; $39M/6 yrs, $18M guaranteed.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Malcom Floyd: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Marques Harris: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Cory Lekkerkerker: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Shaun Phillips: Potential RFA; 6 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Carlos Polk: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DE Derreck Robinson: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB Michael Turner: RFA; $2.35M/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-C Cory Withrow: UFA: 3 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS LOST</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Donnie Edwards: UFA Chiefs; $13.5M/3 yrs, $7.5M SB.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Steve Foley (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Az-Zahir Hakim: UFA Dolphins; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Darrell Jackson (traded 49ers).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Ryan Krause: Not tendered as RFA/Browns; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Keenan McCardell (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Aaron Shea (released).</p>
     

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