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News » San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20


San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20


San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20
--It's believed LaDainian Tomlinson gave the team some $4 million in cap relief when he renegotiated his contract for the next three years. The Chargers get $1.25 million in relief this coming season as while Tomlinson's 2009 salary stays at $6.75 million; $2.8 million of it was structured as a signing bonus, which the Chargers can spread out over three years. "I was just happy I got the chance to restructure rather than be released or traded," Tomlinson said.


--It was among the wackiest calls last year when Ed Hochuli blew a play dead in Denver, a play in which he incorrectly ruled Jay Cutler had thrown an incomplete pass instead of it being a fumble recovery by the Chargers. Hochuli said rules didn't permit him to go back and reverse the call, once he had blown his whistle for a dead ball of an incomplete pass. But that rule could be addressed at next week's owners meetings. "We watched a lot of tape and think that is a play that people play through," Rich McKay, the co-chairman of the Competition Committee said in a conference call.

--While their AFC rival New England Patriots keep loading up on free agents, don't expect the Chargers to follow suit - they again will lean on the draft this offseason. "That's our philosophy," general manager A.J. Smith said. "But we're always looking out there to see if certain players might be attractive to us."

--Receivers coach Charlie Joiner lost his Hall of Fame bust when his house was among those damaged by the area's 2007 wild fires. Joiner said his bust was among his most prized possessions. "I'd say it was number one or two," Joiner said. "It was a nice bust. It was a nice memento, something I could look at and reflect back on some of the things I did in my life." The Pro Football Hall of Fame surprised Joiner recently by giving him a new bust.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'd rather work through the draft. I'd rather identify our own players and invest in them instead of trying to find players from other teams." -- G.M. A.J. Smith on how he plans to spend the extra money available after RB LaDainian Tomlinson reworked his contract.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 20, 2009

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