The San Diego Chargers' brass is in Dana Point today, along with the heads of every other NFL franchise. The league is holding it annual meetings this week and it's always an eventual occasion; where blueprints for rule changes and player exchanges are laid. Could the Chargers be working the floor in search for potential trading partners?
The Chargers were quietly active in free agency; the team didn't make any splashes by courting big-name players, but they did however sign linebacker Kevin Burnett. In addition to Burnett, the team was looking to bring in a couple of defensive backs in Drayton Florence and Jermaine Phillips. San Diego lost the bidding war on both of those players, but they made their intentions to bring in secondary help public.
San Diego is also without a second round in the 2009 NFL Draft and they'd certainly like to recoup that. If they cannot trade for a starting safety or nickel corner they'd be forced to address the need in the draft. But without a second round pick, the Chargers would have to wait for a quality DB to fall to the third round... a risky proposition.
There is no doubt the Chargers have holes to fill before the season kicks off. They need to add depth or potential starters on both sides of the line. A 5-tech defensive end is needed, along with a right tackle/right guard. The Chargers also desperately need depth at safety, and could also use a young running back to help take pressure off of Ladainian Tomlinson and Michael Bennett, both of whom will be in their 30s at season's start.
The San Diego Chargers certainly have their work cut out for them, but they'll get some help in the form of Compensatory Draft Picks (stay tuned to find out exactly what round those pick will come in). Compensatory draft picks are not tradable, but the Chargers' original picks are. Combining draft picks with potential trade bait like Antonio Cromartie, Darren Sproles, Kassim Osgood, and others, and the San Diego Chargers just might have enough ammo to make some big moves this offseason.
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