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Matthews signs 5-year deal for $25.65 million

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by szarmes, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. szarmes

    szarmes I am the Walrus

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000...veyear-deal-with-chargers?module=HP_headlines

    Running back Ryan Mathews signed a five-year, $25.65 million contract with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, with just more than $15 million in guaranteed money.

    The heir apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson, Mathews was expected to be at Sunday's late-afternoon practice. He missed seven practices, including three for rookies and selected veterans last week.

    San Diego moved up 16 spots in the draft to take Mathews with the 12th pick overall. He'll replace Tomlinson, the 2006 NFL MVP who was released in the offseason and then signed with the New York Jets.


    Mathews rushed for 3,280 yards in three seasons at Fresno State, scoring a school-record 39 touchdowns and averaging 6.1 yards per carry.

    Last season as a junior he rushed for 100 yards against three Top 25 teams, Cincinnati, Boise State and Wisconsin. He ran for 234 yards against Boise State, scoring on runs of 69, 60 and 68 yards.

    The Chargers rarely have their top draft pick signed by the time rookies report, and Mathews is no exception. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the team did not initiate negotiations until Monday -- the morning that training camp began.

    Not much has changed with the Chargers' unsigned veterans. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Friday that the team had begun discussions with representatives for left tackle Marcus McNeill. Linebacker Shawne Merriman told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday that he would not report to camp on time, citing the need for security from team management. The team does not want to trade disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson but has possible suitors in the Redskins and Seahawks, La Canfora reported Friday.
     
  2. Ride The Lightning

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

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  3. Kwak

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    Sweet. There shouldn't be any issues with him getting up to speed! :nana_rock:
     
  4. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    Just saw this. It's because I hung up my Chargers flag this morning! You're welcome.:abq2::icon_toast:
     
  5. CoronaDoug

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    Now..... let's see if he is any good. :lol:
     
  6. Ride The Lightning

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

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  7. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    always the optimist, aren't you?
     
  8. Boltergeist

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    I'll hang up mine and see if one of our holdouts comes into camp with tail between legs.
     
  9. CoronaDoug

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  10. Savage Lizard

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  12. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Not a bad deal at all, almost exactly what Moreno got last year as the 12 pick.
     
  13. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Me very happy... :abq2:
     
  14. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    I thought he would get more, :icon_shrug:
     
  15. AnteaterCharger

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    With a few NFL rushing crowns and a super bowl ring or three, he will :tup:
     
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  18. bigmike.x.09

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  19. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    still need a solid WR, just sayin.....:icon_shrug:
     
  20. Buck Melanoma

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    Good job, Lash!!! :icon_toast:

    Glad to see the kid is in the fold. :tup:
     

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