Dielman Stays In San Diego, Wants To Win A Super Bowl

Franchise players need elite blocking. If you want Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson to be successful then they better have some good protection up front. No body knows this better than AJ Smith and the Chargers front office, which is why Kris Dielman was their top priority of the offseason, and why they banged out a deal with him.

According to Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune, Dielman's contract is a six-year deal, worth around $40 Million, $17 of which is guaranteed.
I thought he was gone, Center Nick Hardwick said. I didn't think we were going to get him back. He called me and said, 'Are you ready to make a run at the Super Bowl?' He was pretty excited. He's the enforcer. He's our intimidator. No one really wants to mess with him too much. We're glad to have him back.

AJ Smith, who always spoked extremely highly of Kris, shared in Nick Hardwick's excitement:
I’m extremely excited to have Kris back. This is huge for our team because it enables us to keep our offensive line intact for years to come. Kris is one of the best in the business at his position. He sets the tone with his consistent physical play.

Some serious credit also needs to go out to President Dean Spanos and his front office staff, including VP Ed McGuire who spearheaded the contract negotiations. Its awesome to see the Chargers step up to get this deal done, and speaks volumes to their commitment to winning a championship. Kris Dielman certainly is a major piece of the puzzle in building up this Chargers team into a Super Bowl contender for years to come.

Now that Dielman is signed, the draft plans certainly change. Its no longer a priority to draft an offensive lineman early. The shift of focus can now point to drafting some help at Wide Receiver, Safety, and Linebacker. As it stands, the Chargers have four day-one picks and will likely spend their first three at those aforementioned positions. Another position which will draw some considerable interest from the Chargers is Running Back. Although the Chargers placed the highest tender on Michael Turner, he will certainly be gone by next season at the latest. Its important that the Chargers not wait too long in the draft to find a future backup RB. A day-one running back of good talent should be afforded some attention by AJ Smith and crew.

March 3, 2007

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