What offer the Chargers make, has yet to be seen. There are three different offers with scaling worth - $1.3, $1.8, and $2.3 million. If the Chargers decline to match the $2.3 million tender made by another team, the Chargers would then be awarded a first round pick and a third round pick in this upcoming NFL Draft.
"It's a question of what do we do?" Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said during the weekend at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "But we have to work our way through the three different levels of it. . . . And how it's going to play out right now, I don't know. But he's quite obviously a terrific player."
"The general consensus is that, if you have a one and a three, they're untouchable," Smith said. "And, for the most part, it's totally correct. But sometimes, it's a rare player where an organization might go, 'Whoa.' It's a steep price but . . .' And he might be in that unique category, not for a lot of clubs, but it only takes one to say, 'Boy it's interesting.' "
AJ Smith also noted that its a comforting feeling knowing the protection a guy like Turner offers in case of major injury. And as the Super Bowl favorite, the Chargers are in a position to solidify their chances by making the correct moves.
The correct move would to place the highest tender on Turner. If a team wanted Turner badly enough, then the Chargers would be in position to gain two day one picks. With those picks, the Chargers could stockpile more talent or package the picks to move up in the draft. If no team cared to sign Turner away, then the Chargers would keep the best offensive backfield in football for one more season and prepare to make a run at the Super Bowl.
But looking at the AFC West where Larry Johnson resides, it would be too much to have to face both Johnson and Turner a total of four times a season in such a competitive division. I would much rather ship Turner off to the NFC or at the very least out of the division. He is that good.