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RFA Sproles shows in San Diego

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Sydalish, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    RFA Sproles shows in San Diego

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    By Bill Williamson



    The Chargers announced that restricted free agent running back Darren Sproles was among the players who attended the start of the offseason conditioning program Monday.

    This is impressive for two reasons. First, the program doesn’t begin for most veterans but the team said players such as Sproles, Philip Rivers, Jacques Cesaire, Jeromey Clary and Donald Strickland were among the early attendees.

    Mostly, Sproles’ attendance is significant because is a restricted free agent. Many restricted free agents are staying away from the offseason programs because they haven’t signed their tender. Sproles likely signed an injury waiver to attend the program.

    This is a good faith move by Sproles and it shows his commitment to the team.

    Sproles is one of several players on whom San Diego placed the high tender of a first- and third-round pick. The others are Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, Shawne Merriman and Malcom Floyd. It is unknown whether they will attend the program.
     
  2. Enormo

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    It's all good if Norv decides to use Sproles frequently and appropriately.
     
  3. wrbanwal

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    could this be a sign that he doesn't have any better offers?

    what's the status of that whole thing anyways?
     
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Its a sign that he's making 7.3 mil this year and he's fine with it.

    The other RFA's are going to make less than half that though, and in the end I think we could end up trading Sproles to pay for their long term deals.
     
  5. Sydalish

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    or... a long-term deal for Sproles is close to being done? :icon_shrug:
     
  6. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Sure.
     
  7. wrbanwal

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    :icon_eek:

    that's a lot of cheese
     
  8. TheLash

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    glad Spoles is there but 7.3 :icon_eek: yikes
     
  9. sdbound

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    And to any potential trading partners it shows his commitment to his profession.
     
  10. szarmes

    szarmes I am the Walrus

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    If we can sign Sproles to a long-term deal, I'd be very very happy! He is a great 3rd down back and great KR. The only bad part is the $7.3 million per year we pay him
     
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    Exactly!

    As mentioned in an earlier post, it also shows he has good work ethic; a smart signal to send interested teams.
     
  12. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Oh I have mad love for Sprolesy, I just wish he'd agree to a reasonable deal that would keep him here for the rest of his carrer.:yes:
     
  13. Dublin Bolt

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    He's there cos he is a great stand up guy, 100% committed to his employer.

    Oh and an injury waiver and 7.3m dollars helps too.

    Now let's get him signed to a long term or traded, this massive money we are paying him last year and this is crazy.
     
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    Sproles is an idiot for showing up to any team activities without a signed contract. One injury and he is screwed and the Chargers still retain his rights.

    Notice the other players have contracts which are signed which is no problem but to use that as a measuring stick is crap.
     
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    U sure about this?

    We tendered him right? So we keep him at that amount unless somebody matches or we renegotiate.

    yes?
     
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    I don't think he's signed the tender yet... not sure about that tho :icon_shrug:
     
  17. Trumpet_Man

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    We tendered at a 1st and 3rd but he has not signed.

    If Sproles gets hurt stepping off the curb, the Chargers do not have to pay him.

    Why?

    The tender is not signed.
     
  18. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Why would he not have signed it yet?
     
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    Not much chance of that happening in a conditioning program. Training camp is a different story-there must be an insurance policy. Staying with the program enhances his value.
     
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    I would assume that the injury waiver that he signed covers him in that even. But I am just guessing.

    Either way, I still hope he is traded on draft day. If we can get a 2nd round pick, and draft McCluster, we would be better off. Having McCluster for 5 years or Sproles for 1, would be a much better situation.

    Imagine if the Draftcountdown.com mock came true, and we made this trade/pick. We could get Dan Williams, Toby Gerhart, and Dexter McCluster. As long as our run blocking improves, our running game would be set for the next 4-5 years, and our defense would improve vastly.

    Then with the rest of our picks, we get depth or guys we can develop as starters 2-3 years down the road. We would be set. Then AJ would just need to concentrate on getting VJ, McNeil, Gates, and Floyd re-signed
     

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