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Restricted Free Agent Turner Visits Bills

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    By Chris Brown

    Making their interest in the best available running back left on the free agent market official, the Buffalo Bills hosted San Diego restricted free agent running back Michael Turner Thursday at One Bills Drive.

    The Chargers tendered Turner at the high level ($2.35M) which would require compensation in the form of a first and third round draft choice if he was signed to an offer sheet that San Diego chose not to match. That scenario however is unlikely to unfold with the Bills or any other NFL team.

    Buffalo though is one of several teams that have been in contact with the Chargers about a trade involving the third-year running back presumably at a lesser cost than a first and third round draft choice.

    The 5'10" 237-pound Turner has averaged six yards per carry in his career in limited NFL playing time due to the presence of reigning NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson on San Diego's roster.

    As a collegian at Northern Illinois, Turner rolled up over 3,500 yards on 648 carries (5.5 avg) and 33 rushing touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Huskies.

    Turner has the speed to turn the corner on the outside and the power to grind out yards between the tackles. Pass catching is an area of his game that has not seen much exposure in both his collegiate and professional career.

    If acquired by Buffalo Turner would immediately be the odds on favorite to land the starting running back job in an offensive backfield that consists of veteran Anthony Thomas, Shaud Williams and Fred Jackson.

    The 25-year old Turner was also San Diego's full time kick returner last season and had a respectable 26.5 average. One of every six of his returns went for 40 yards or more last season.

    This past Monday Turner made had a free agent visit with the Tennessee Titans.
     

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