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San Diego Chargers Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20


San Diego Chargers Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20
It appears the majority of the Chargers focus is now on the draft.


The team never is a big player in free agency, but it doesn't have any free agent visits scheduled and will likely look at that market after seeing what it doesn't obtain in the draft.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

With the addition of Kevin Burnett, the Chargers have compiled three decent inside linebackers to compete for the starting job and that should make all the players that much better.

The team still hasn't done anything in free agency at strong safety, and it looks as if the club will try to address that need possibly through the draft.

The running back situation is partly settled, with LaDainian Tomlinson returning and Darren Sproles expected to sign his franchise player offer sheet soon - or he could be agreeing to a long-term deal as the parties continue to work toward that goal.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Strong safety: All the blame can't be put at Clinton Hart's cleats for the Chargers' horrible pass defense, but there wasn't as much production from this spot as the team had hoped. Although it appears as if the Chargers are going to do something here, it will be through the draft.

2. Right guard: The departure of Mike Goff as a free agent is a concern, although the team did sign Kynan Forney. Forney wasn't active for the Chargers when on their roster last year but was a one-time starter in Atlanta.

3. Defensive end: Igor Olshansky was allowed to leave as a free agent and there doesn't seem to be a starter behind him on the depth chart. The Chargers could spend one of their top picks on a defensive end.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: RB Darren Sproles: Tendered at $6.621M.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--RG Mike Goff has been reliable and a hard-nosed player, but the Chargers have said he won't be back.

--OLB Marques Harris was used on passing downs and has shown some promise, but he won't be re-signed.

--C Jeremy Newberry was a valuable backup when Nick Hardwick was injured early last season, but the Chargers won't re-sign him.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--WR Malcom Floyd (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) has a good connection with QB Philip Rivers and can be a solid red-zone target. Injuries slowed him some down the stretch last year.

--CB Cletis Gordon (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) surprised some by getting that tender as some of his shortcomings were exposed when playing extended stretches last year. But he is a solid special teams player and has potential as a returner.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--OT Jeromey Clary: ERFA; $460,000/1 yr.

--OG Kynan Forney: Potential UFA; $4.8M/2 yrs, SB unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--LB Kevin Burnett: UFA Cowboys; $5.5M/2 yrs, $2M SB.

PLAYERS LOST

--RB Eldra Buckley (released).

--DE Igor Olshansky: UFA Cowboys; $18M/4 yrs, $8M guaranteed.

--LB Anthony Waters (released).



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

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