Fonoti could be on move before trading deadline

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Oct 14, 2005

By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO ---- Chargers left guard Toniu Fonoti is being shopped around the league, with the Chargers' permission.

Steven Feldman, Fonoti's agent, confirmed that the Chargers are trying to move Fonoti before Tuesday afternoon's trading deadline.

"There has been quite of bit of interest, but clubs want to do a (long-term) deal, too," Feldman said. "A lot of teams don't want to have a guy for just the rest of the year."

Fonoti, who is out two more weeks after a second surgery to repair his broken right hand, is in the final year of his four-year contract. The former El Camino High player becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the Chargers aren't showing any indication that they want him back.

The 6-foot-4, 350-pound Fonoti's relationship with the Chargers has been uneven since they selected him in the second round out of Nebraska. There are constant battles over his weight, and he has been fined at the last two offseason minicamps for missing practices.

Fonoti has skipped the past two games after getting injured in practice leading to the Sept. 25 contest against the New York Giants. He has been replaced in the starting lineup by undrafted free agent Kris Dielman.

Dielman has apparently done well enough that the Chargers feel comfortable in letting Fonoti flee.

Chargers general manager A. J. Smith was unavailable for comment.

Morrison rocks

Rookie linebacker Kirk Morrison, the former San Diego State standout, is making his mark with the Raiders.

Morrison has a team-high 36 tackles and has drawn the attention of Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

"He has played well," Tomlinson said. "Kirk is a product of hard work. He knows what that is all about; working hard to get on the football field."

Morrison got a sneak peek at the Chargers on Monday night during their loss to the Steelers ---- but his appearance didn't go undetected by Tomlinson.

"I think he was scouting because I saw him after the game," Tomlinson said.

Quick hits

Those not working Wednesday were LBs Steve Foley (abdomen) and Stephen Cooper (ankle), LG Toniu Fonoti (hand), RB/KR Darren Sproles (ankle), CB Drayton Florence (ankle), RT Shane Olivea and TE Ryan Krause (foot). Fonoti and Krause are out; the others are questionable but expected to play. ... Ramona High's Damon Baldwin has been named the Chargers' High School Coach of the Week. Ramona will receive $1,000 for its football program.