Three And Out: February 25, 2010

Ladainian Tomlinson says good-bye to San Diego, Darren Sproles could join LT in free agency, and a rumor surfaces that the Chargers are interested in Steven Jackson...


Ladainain Tomlinson held a press conference yesterday where he expressed a heartfelt thank you for the welcome and support San Diego has shown him through the years. While LT's time as a Charger has come to an end, his playing days are not over. Tomlinson stated that his goal is still to become a champion, and that he'd be willing to sign with and play for a team for three to four years in an attempt to attain that which has alluded him thus far: becoming a Super Bowl champion.


There have been increased rumblings that the Chargers may lose Darren Sproles to free agency. Sproles and his agent are unwilling to sign with San Diego at a less-than-market price, and it seems like the Chargers wont pay Sproles the kind of money he is looking for. As a restricted free agent, the Chargers would have to pay Sproles somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million in 2010. Since the Chargers view Sproles a return man and situational running back, they don't feel comfortable investing that kind of money into Darren Sproles. Sproles and his agent have made it clear they want running back-type money, and they are confidant they will get it with another team once they hit free agency. As a result, the Chargers could lose Darren Sproles - compounding their need for running backs even further.

SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune


ESPN affiliate radio station 101ESPN in St. Louis had NFL insider Adam Schefter as a guest this week and Schefter claimed the Rams could be interested in trading running back Steven Jackson in exchange for a first round pick. There is a rumor circulating that the Chargers would send their first round pick (28th overall) to the Rams for Jackson. Add that rumor to the ones about the Chargers trading for Tashard Choice and/or Marshawn Lynch. At this point, it's all pure speculation but the Chargers have essentially admitted they are shopping Cromartie and it makes sense for them to try and get a running back in return. Jackson is a powerful back who has exceptional hands, and could fit nicely in the Chargers' offense. However, he is older and has wear and tear on his body, so even if the Chargers did acquire him, they would still need to bring in a rookie running back.


How did you feel watching LT say good bye to the fans? Would the Chargers be in deep water without Sproles? And would Steven Jackson be a good fit for San Diego? Sound off in the comments below!

February 25, 2010

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Anonymous said... Feb 25, 2010, 2:41:00 PM

Yeah this could work. This would mean our draft would still look the same, except we would need a CB (if we trade Cro) a lot more, but we would still need a rookie RB. I'm not even going to bother naming names but here's what I would pick, taking the best possible athlete:

Round 1 - Rams
Round 2 - NT/CB
Round 3 - NT/CB/RB
Round 4 - RB/OT/DE
Round 5 - OT/DE
Round 6 - Best Athlete
Round 7 - Best Athlete

Paulos said... Feb 25, 2010, 2:43:00 PM

I think LT's goodbye was heartfelt and refreshing considering the amount of divas and crybabys out there. LT will be missed and will never be forgotten in SD, the greatest charger RB of all time. I think we could do without sproles, his contributions in the return game have been average the last couple seasons and he's not even an option in the run game. I don't think anyone will offer him Primary Back money and he's already said he wants to stay so I think he will.

Whoever started this Steven Jackson is completely ignoring the fact that AJ Smith would never let it happen. Dean Spanos was the only reason LT was still even a Charger the last couple season, AJ didn't want to keep him because he knew he was getting old and too expensive. Steven Jackson signed a 45 million dollar contract in 2008 and if he was traded to the chargers we'd have to pick that up, that's an average of 7.5 million per season for the next 5 years(which are all decline years for Jackson). AJ Smith would never pick up that kind of contract on a star player, let alone an aging star player! The chargers don't make moves that big in the offseason especially moves with the potential to hurt the team. Plus, the chargers don't need to blow that kind of money on a RB, they went 13-3 with practically NO RUN game last season. We don't need a workhorse RB, we just need a guy that can get the job done.

Rocco said... Feb 25, 2010, 3:19:00 PM

With the way our division is gearing up on defense I think we need to get a guy who can wear them down in the fourth quarter. We score lots of points but we also need to be able to kill the clock - something we haven't been very good at as of late

Anonymous said... Feb 25, 2010, 4:31:00 PM

I'll admit my eyes got a little misty seeing LT break down like that. He always wore his heart on his sleeve

Anonymous said... Feb 26, 2010, 7:23:00 AM

Ask Tony Dungy if Sproles can be an every down back.

Anonymous said... Feb 26, 2010, 11:49:00 AM

Jackson for #1 draft pick? This draft is deep in RB's, why give a #1 for a tired RB. For the #1 the Chargers need a DT/DE, as everyone forgotten that everyone ran up their middle, plus Jamal Williams missed the season on an arm injury. And he getting older. Norv Turner wants a passing offense. That why L.T. won't sign for less money. L.T. won't get a chance to break records with the carries he would get per game. Marty been gone. So with that said they need a OT to protect Rivers right side. They been using players best suited for the guard position trying to play OT. After that they can draft a RB. They don't need a flashy RB. All they need is three RB's that run ,block and catch. If they can trade Cromartie for draft picks or for a young RB. Maybe Lendale White. He doesn't catch the ball very well, but that's why you have two other RB's that can.

arnie said... Feb 26, 2010, 2:37:00 PM

the great thing about being a charger fan, is you know what is rumor. simply because of who's our GM. AJ has been liked, hated, but the one thing he has been is consistsant. AJ has routinely NOT spent big dollars on free agents, or even been agressive at pursuing them. you can bank this a rumor, based on our GM's history alone.

peace out

Anonymous said... Feb 26, 2010, 3:32:00 PM

I really don't see this happening. If there's anything we've learned from the past several drafts, it's that quality RBs can be found in rounds 2-4. I say the Chargers trade Cromartie for a 2nd round pick, giving them 5 picks in the first 4 rounds that they can use on the defensive line, RB, CB, and OT. How does this look?

Round 1: Dan Williams, NT
Round 2 (traded pick): Jahvid Best, RB
Round 2 (own pick): Tyson Alualu, DT
Round 3: Syd'Quan Thompson, CB
Round 4: Best Right tackle prospect available

(Can you tell I'm a Cal fan?)

Rob Zepeda said... Feb 26, 2010, 3:46:00 PM

@Anonymous above: LOVE the mock. Best in the second would be a steal, Alualu fits our scheme perfectly, and landing Dan Williams would be a major coup. Great mock!

cacovabolts said... Feb 26, 2010, 4:24:00 PM

Do you guys really think Best will make it through the first round? It seems that despite his injury history and risk that his explosiveness will be very attractive. I would love to snag both Dan Williams and Alualu...adding Dwyer to the backfield in addition to those two d line men would be awesome.

Anonymous said... Feb 26, 2010, 4:44:00 PM

Hey Rob, Remember when I said the Chargers should not sign or should just trade Sproles? Even if L.T. won't be around. You are right about A.J Smith he didn't trade him, he waiting to see what compenstion the Chargers will get. But my guess was right the Chargers took the risk of not having a veteran RB coming back from on the 1st team. Now trading Cromartie is next. I heard they been shopping him around since last year. Draft picks or a seasoned RB (Lendale White), I know White doesn't catch the ball very well, yea that's why we need 2 more RB that can catch. 3 RB rotation, good solid backs. With our passing games taking off, we don't need a superstar quality RB. It would be nice, but it is not a must. Plus the Saints are letting their other RB go to free agency. I can't remember his name. But you never know! Hey Jackson is very hot item to trade! Floyd can take is spot. Jackson can't handle success I hate to say it he going to blow it in his off season dramas. To get arrested on the way to the Jets playoff game for driving with a suspended (DUI) license for playing his music too loud! The lights are on, but the elevator doesn't go the top floor.

ssophies said... Mar 26, 2010, 2:21:00 AM

The lights are on, but the elevator doesn't go the top floor.
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