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LB Edwards won't return to Chargers

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2760511" target="_blank">ESPN</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/300_Donnie122405.jpg" alt="Donnie Edwards" />

    Linebacker Donnie Edwards won't return to the San Diego Chargers for the 2007 season.

    Edwards' agent, Tom Condon, told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday that the sides have not talked and that Edwards would leave the team when the free-agency period begins in March.

    "We're not doing anything [with the Chargers]," Condon told the newspaper.

    Chargers GM A.J. Smith told the Union-Tribune that the team had sent Condon a letter two days after its playoff loss to the New England Patriots saying that Edwards was not in its plans.

    "What Tom Condon told you is correct," Smith said. "Donnie will not be part of the San Diego Chargers this year."

    Smith's comments were his first about Edwards since July 31. According to the Union-Tribune, Smith, who said he hasn't contacted the agents of any other potential free agents, had tired of Edwards' attempts to rework his contract and had made the linebacker available for a trade last April. The Chargers and New Orleans Saints were close to a deal last summer.

    "It has become crystal clear to me that Donnie is very unhappy with his contract and has been for a few years," Smith said in June. "We have always appreciated Donnie Edwards' playing ability, and we believe he is well-compensated. However, because of his unhappiness we will do everything possible to find him a new team -- a team that will appreciate him the way he would like and will compensate him with an amount that will make him very happy and content."

    Edwards led the Chargers in tackles each of the past five seasons and lead all NFL linebackers with 17 interceptions since 2002.

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