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Chargers Articles

Shamrock

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Do we already have a thread that is a one-stop shop for articles? If not .....

Cromartie article - 8/7/06 - Riverside Press-Enterprise

By JIM ALEXANDER
The Press-Enterprise



SAN DIEGO - It was approaching 6 p.m., more than a half-hour after the Chargers' afternoon practice had ended. Most of Antonio Cromartie's teammates had long since left the field, headed for the next phases of the pro football player's training camp routine -- shower, dinner, meetings, sleep.


But the Chargers' first-round draft choice was still on the field, doing footwork drills with fellow cornerback Cletis Gordon and safety Jerrell Pippens.


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Shamrock

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#6
Todd Tobias has released his new book. Thread.

His previous book, Charging Through the AFL, was awesome. Make sure to pick up this one about the Air Coryell years.
 

Shamrock

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#10
Dielman, Olshansky put it all on the line - UT Acee article

“We love each other off the field,” Olshansky said. “We just both have the defensive line mentality.”

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“We're making each other a lot better,” Dielman said. “We're both defensive-minded. We both have a lot of pride. We want to embarrass each other.”

Yesterday, however, Dielman was matched against Luis Castillo, a quicker, finesse rusher.

Luis is a Mercedes,” Dielman said. “Igor is a tank.”
 

Shamrock

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#12
Shamrock's 10,001st Ankle Biter update

From the AP (Bernie Wilson) article about LT's sprained neck:

Also missing from practice Friday were linebackers Shawne Merriman (hamstring) and Donna Edwards (waiting for Condon to get him big bucks from the Saints), and left tackles Roman Oben (foot) and Leander Jordan (hip).
 

O'reilly

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#13
Shamrock said:
Shamrock's 10,001st Ankle Biter update

From the AP (Bernie Wilson) article about LT's sprained neck:

Also missing from practice Friday were linebackers Shawne Merriman (hamstring) and Donna Edwards (waiting for Condon to get him big bucks from the Saints), and left tackles Roman Oben (foot) and Leander Jordan (hip).
:lol:
 

Shamrock

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#14
The San Diego Chargers have signed veteran NFL center-guard Cory Withrow to a one-year contract.

The 6-2, 287-pound Withrow is in his seventh NFL season. He spent his first six years in the league with the Minnesota Vikings, playing in a total of 80 regular-season games with 13 starts. He has also played in four career playoff games. Last season, Withrow played in all 16 games and started seven games at center for the Vikings.

To make room on the roster for Withrow, the Chargers waived guard Jason Murphy. Withrow will wear number 65 for the Chargers.

Chargers Press Release
 

Shamrock

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#20
eldwin said:
I wouldn't doubt it. Are the Chargers holding him out of practice so Donnie wouldn't get hurt in the event the trade goes through??
I think so. Rumors have been stated on both NOLA and SD radio stations that the teams are talking. Someone on Chargers.com said the Saints offered a 4th, but AJ wants a 2nd or 3rd.

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Chargers' Jammer extended five years - UT Acee - 8-9-06

'It's pretty neat,' Rivers says, facing Favre in first start - UT Posner - 8-9-06

Under contract
The Chargers have 15 key players signed through at least 2009. The players:

Through 2009: DE Luis Castillo, LB Steve Foley, OT Marcus McNeill, LB Shawne Merriman, DT Igor Olshansky, WR Vincent Jackson.

Through 2010: CB Antonio Cromartie, TE Antonio Gates, WR Eric Parker, QB Philip Rivers, DT Jamal Williams

Through 2011: C Nick Hardwick, P Mike Scifres, RB LaDainian Tomlinson

Through 2012: CB Quentin Jammer
The Chargers continue to work to try to extend the contracts of a number of players. Smith would not be specific, but it is believed the the team has begun or will soon begin discussions with representatives for Kris Dielman, Matt Wilhelm, Stephen Cooper, Shaun Phillips and Nate Kaeding.
 

Shamrock

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#22
MtlBoltsFan said:
I still can't believe Crennel didn't dish out a 4th rounder for Wilhelm :icon_shrug:
Me either .... but ...

IMO, AJ tendered Wilhelm at the low spot to hopefully force a team to make an offer. That would have set Wilhelm's market price. AJ could have matched, and had Wilhelm locked up long term.

I also feel teams weren't willing to tender Wilhelm because they knew AJ had the available cap space to match. And, if they went overboard with a ridiculous offer, then AJ still would get a draft pick, without compromising future caps.

It was a good tactic. Now, get him signed longterm.
 

MtlBoltsFan

Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016
#23
Shamrock said:
Me either .... but ...

IMO, AJ tendered Wilhelm at the low spot to hopefully force a team to make an offer. That would have set Wilhelm's market price. AJ could have matched, and had Wilhelm locked up long term.

I also feel teams weren't willing to tender Wilhelm because they knew AJ had the available cap space to match. And, if they went overboard with a ridiculous offer, then AJ still would get a draft pick, without compromising future caps.

It was a good tactic. Now, get him signed longterm.
Do you think AJ would have matched something like 3 yrs 10.75 mil with a 4.5 mil signing bonus?
 

Shamrock

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#24
MtlBoltsFan said:
Do you think AJ would have matched something like 3 yrs 10.75 mil with a 4.5 mil signing bonus?
I don't know. We could throw all kinds of figures and guess "would he/wouldn't he?"

Was that what Leber got from Minny?
 

MtlBoltsFan

Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016
#25
Shamrock said:
I don't know. We could throw all kinds of figures and guess "would he/wouldn't he?"

Was that what Leber got from Minny?
Nah, just what I would offer Wilhelm if I were Phil Savage.
 

Shamrock

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#26
SI Training Camp Postcard - Chargers -8/9/06

Where's Jeffri: San Diego, where the Chargers train at team headquarters.

Here's the Drill

1. Donnie Edwards isn't shy about discussing his bitterness towards Chargers general manager A.J. Smith. After failing to get the Chargers to give him a contract extension this offseason, the linebacker has been searching for a trade over the last few months. He says his agent, Tom Condon, has found some willing suitors but Smith's high asking price -- a second-round pick, according to Edwards -- is killing interest. "I would've liked for things to be different here but they aren't," says Edwards, an 11-year veteran who has led San Diego in tackles in each of the last four years. "We had permission to seek a trade, we found some offers and now I'm ready to put this to rest. It's time for a change. [Smith] has made this a very difficult environment to work in and I'm ready to just go some place where I'm appreciated."

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I almost cried when I read the mental abuse that Edwards has to toil under. Really. Tears nearly flooded my cheeks. Honest. It pains me to see him in such a bitter, repressive work environment. Tears, I tell you. Tears.
 

WonderSlug

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#28
Shamrock said:
SI Training Camp Postcard - Chargers -8/9/06

Where's Jeffri: San Diego, where the Chargers train at team headquarters.

Here's the Drill

1. Donnie Edwards isn't shy about discussing his bitterness towards Chargers general manager A.J. Smith. After failing to get the Chargers to give him a contract extension this offseason, the linebacker has been searching for a trade over the last few months. He says his agent, Tom Condon, has found some willing suitors but Smith's high asking price -- a second-round pick, according to Edwards -- is killing interest. "I would've liked for things to be different here but they aren't," says Edwards, an 11-year veteran who has led San Diego in tackles in each of the last four years. "We had permission to seek a trade, we found some offers and now I'm ready to put this to rest. It's time for a change. [Smith] has made this a very difficult environment to work in and I'm ready to just go some place where I'm appreciated."

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I almost cried when I read the mental abuse that Edwards has to toil under. Really. Tears nearly flooded my cheeks. Honest. It pains me to see him in such a bitter, repressive work environment. Tears, I tell you. Tears.
Edwards brought this crap on himself by asking for a new contract after only the first year of his current one was done, and using the name of the late John Butler to claim that he was 'owed' it.
 
#30
Covering Bolt Receivers a Tall Order
By P.S. Hamilton

Rumor has it some NBA recruiters are scouting Charger’s training camp. It’s not true, but wide receivers Vincent
Jackson, Kassim Osgood and Malcom Floyd, all 6’ 5” tall, have pulled down enough jump balls over the last few weeks to deserve a look. Judging by the acrobatics seen throughout camp, the Charger’s receiver corps is rebounding. It appears that on opening day the Bolts will field the most physically intimidating group of receivers in the NFL. No other team has more than one receiver over 6’ 5”. The Chargers have three.

The most diminutive receiver on the squad is Eric Parker at 6’ 0”, while Keenan McCardell and Greg Camarillo are both 6’ 1”. They don’t need to worry about job security, though -- quick and elusive will always be in demand. But since 2003, there has been a definite trend toward larger receivers in the NFL.

Continue reading "Covering Bolt Receivers a Tall Order" »
 

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