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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.25
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Methinks SI's kinda off here. I can't see LT in GB.

There's a couple pressing needs to make the Packers go deeper in the playoffs...but RB isn't one of 'em. Ryan Grant is the guy, and Brandon Jackson's a good #2 guy. Neither of them need replacing by a way-too-expensive Shawn Alexander II: Electric Boogaloo.

Unless LT has pass-defense skills in him somewhere...






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LT would make a great fit with Rivers in San Diego New Orleans. Bush needs someone else to share the load, and why not? They've made worse moves there before.

I'd love to see the two of them reunited. After LT's speech today, you do have to wonder how much of his downfall was the coaching change... and how much was LT. If he still has 2-3 seasons left (LT thinks 4+) he could help the Saints get a 2nd Superbowl. They don't have a lot of gaps to fill but LT wouldn't hurt, especially in a reduced role.




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I still don't know why he didn't play in the 2007 AFC championship game when Rivers was out there an almost broken leg. I would think the Steelers would like him, but not his contract since they are going to get rid of Parker and are sour on Moore. I expect Philly to be in the running, but without McNaab there, I don't see him signing. New Orleans would be a good place since they are run a wide open offense and they don't need him to carry the load like he did for most of his career in San Diego. I like Sporles, but this team riding on Rivers' arm is not a good idea.
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Now the Chargers are letting Sproles go clear to free agency. ESPN (sports.espn.go.com)


    Tomlinson will not be back and there is a decent chance Sproles will not be, either. San Diego is expected to look to free agency, trades and the draft in an effort to rebuild its backfield. Free agent running backs such as Minnesota's Chester Taylor and Pittsburgh's Willie Parker would have to view San Diego's offense as appealing.

    Declining to tender Sproles is one of many significant issues facing the Chargers this offseason. San Diego still must figure out a way to keep free-agent wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, decide what it wants to do with linebacker Shawne Merriman, and find a trade partner for cornerback Antonio Cromartie.


That sounds daunting.



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.59
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Now the Chargers are letting Sproles go clear to free agency. ESPN (sports.espn.go.com)


      Tomlinson will not be back and there is a decent chance Sproles will not be, either. San Diego is expected to look to free agency, trades and the draft in an effort to rebuild its backfield. Free agent running backs such as Minnesota's Chester Taylor and Pittsburgh's Willie Parker would have to view San Diego's offense as appealing.

      Declining to tender Sproles is one of many significant issues facing the Chargers this offseason. San Diego still must figure out a way to keep free-agent wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, decide what it wants to do with linebacker Shawne Merriman, and find a trade partner for cornerback Antonio Cromartie.


    That sounds daunting.

Somebody help me with the math on this. So because Sproles was franchised before, does that mean that the Chargers lose the right to tender him as a restricted free agent (like a 2nd round-level offer). He's only got 5 years in the NFL, same as Vincent Jackson, yet VJ is going to be a restricted free agent. Meanwhile, the article suggests that the only tendering that the Chargers can do is a franchise offer of $7M.



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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.25
Picking a good RB out of the draft isn't that bad a strategy. It seems like there's at least one sure thing every year and they like to fall late to good teams. The move to drop Sproles is surprising, but hardly a killer.




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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
    Originally posted by hansen9j
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      Now the Chargers are letting Sproles go clear to free agency. ESPN (sports.espn.go.com)


        Tomlinson will not be back and there is a decent chance Sproles will not be, either. San Diego is expected to look to free agency, trades and the draft in an effort to rebuild its backfield. Free agent running backs such as Minnesota's Chester Taylor and Pittsburgh's Willie Parker would have to view San Diego's offense as appealing.

        Declining to tender Sproles is one of many significant issues facing the Chargers this offseason. San Diego still must figure out a way to keep free-agent wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, decide what it wants to do with linebacker Shawne Merriman, and find a trade partner for cornerback Antonio Cromartie.


      That sounds daunting.

    Somebody help me with the math on this. So because Sproles was franchised before, does that mean that the Chargers lose the right to tender him as a restricted free agent (like a 2nd round-level offer). He's only got 5 years in the NFL, same as Vincent Jackson, yet VJ is going to be a restricted free agent. Meanwhile, the article suggests that the only tendering that the Chargers can do is a franchise offer of $7M.


I've been trying to figure that out. Pro Football Talk led me to take a look at the CBA itself.
It seems you get the right of first refusal (ability to match the contract) if you offer a salary of at least $1.2 million.

However, in order to actually gain any compensation if he does leave for another team, you have to offer him a certain amount of money, or 110% of his last year's salary, whichever is greater. And also, all other terms of his contract are continued. Since he was franchised last year, I think they'd have to offer him a guaranteed (franchise tenders are guaranteed) $7 million. In turn, they could get a 1st and a 3rd if he signed with another team.

I'm guessing they don't feel like he's worth $7 million. They could offer him $1.2 million and gain the right of first refusal, but I've heard some teams are worried that we're going to see some poison pill contracts again this year. Under that case, the right of first refusal is useless anyway.

So all things considered, I think they decided that taking a chance with no contract was the best decision.
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.89
The Chargers now think that Sproles is indeed worth $7 million.

    Originally posted by San Diego Union Tribune
    The Chargers have changed their minds.

    The team is placing a first-and-third tender on running back Darren Sproles, sources said Thursday morning.

    Sproles had been notified last week the Chargers would not tender him as a restricted free agent and would allow him to test the market as an unrestricted free agent.

    The move guarantees Sproles a salary of $7.27 million if he stays with the Chargers, unless the club can sign him to a long-term deal. He made $6.62 million last season as the Chargers' franchise player and is entitled to a 10 percent raise.

I know it's an uncapped year and all, but what has Sproles shown that suggests he's worth anything close to that?



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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.74
Now they traded Cromartie (sports.espn.go.com).


    A few hours before the NFL's free agency period began, the Jets improved their secondary in a big way by agreeing in principle with the San Diego Chargers to acquire talented but troubled cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Thursday night.

    The Jets confirmed the deal.

    League sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter the Jets will give the Chargers a 2011 third-round draft pick that could turn into a second-round pick.

    Cromartie has one year left on his contract and there are no plans for his deal to be redone now.

    Cromartie was an All-Pro in 2007 and will team with Darrelle Revis in the Jets' secondary, making them possibly the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. Cromartie replaces Lito Sheppard, who was released earlier in the day after one disappointing season.





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