Lightning Strikes with Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams breaks down the Chargers' recent action in free agency as they sign a veteran corner, shop their backup QB, and watch their former all-pro running back sign with the New York Jets.


LaDainian Tomlinson made it official Sunday, signing a two-year, $5.1 million contract with the Jets. LT will be backup to Jets RB Shonn Greene and will likely serve as the primary 3rd-down back. So why did he choose the Jets over the Vikings? I think there are two reasons. First, I think the Brett Favre factor may have worked against the Vikings. Favre may be back this season, but what is the likelihood that he will be playing for two (or more seasons)? Probably not very good, and LT is on record saying he thinks he has a few more years in him. But I think the most important factor in LT's decision is the offensive mindset of Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The Jets believe in running the ball, and they have the offensive line to do it. If you were a running back with something to prove, there would be no better situation to find yourself in then with the Jets. LT, I'm still sad to see you go, but I think you made the right call.


Reports have Chargers 3rd string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst close to an agreement with either the Seattle Seahawks or the Arizona Cardinals. It will be very interesting to see how this deal will go down. As was previously reported on Bolthype, Whitehurst's 3rd round tender guarantees the Chargers 3rd round compensation if Whitehurst signs with another team (if the Chargers decide not to match). That's where it gets really interesting, since the Seahawks don't have a 3rd round pick in this year's draft. Rumor has it the Chargers may try to swing a deal to move up in the first round as compensation for Whitehurst if he signs with Seattle. All this for Charlie Whitehurst? I would have been excited to just get a 3rd rounder! The 3rd string QB behind Rivers and Volek may be one of the most irrelevant positions in the NFL.


Helping to fill a hole created by the departure of Antonio Cromartie, the Chargers signed former Jets cornerback Donald Strickland. Strickland will likely be a contender for the nickle spot on the Chargers D, which could prove to be one of the more intriguing position battles (with Steven Gregory and a possible rookie CB) in training camp this year.


Not surprising, yet still disappointing... No, I'm not talking about Rex Ryan's weight-loss surgery (that wasn't a joke- google it). I'm talking about the Chargers consistent lack of free agent activity. If there is significant free agent news involving the Chargers, you can be sure it will involve a former Chargers player signing with someone else. With restricted free agents now being eyed by teams with big needs and open pockets, how soon will it be before the likes of a Merriman or Jackson are courted by opposing teams? Can this team afford to lose any of it's top restricted free agent talent? If so, who are you most willing to let go? Sound off and let us know what you think!

March 14, 2010

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Anonymous said... Mar 15, 2010, 10:16:00 AM

charlie whitehurst is so flave tho. check out his clemson highlights on youtube, massive potential for a team looking to rebuild at QB

Ed said... Mar 15, 2010, 11:26:00 AM

Let Merriman go. Get the draft picks for this year. #1 reason: He will be gone after next year anyway. (A.J. tired of his off field actions) #2 He not playing well for the money he gets.

Ed said... Mar 15, 2010, 11:29:00 AM

Whithurst is great but we don't need him. Lets get the draft pick we need to secure a spot to draft one of the top 2 RBs. Or one of the best DT in the draft.

Anonymous said... Mar 15, 2010, 7:00:00 PM

The draft is how good teams build their roster. Big moves in Free Agency is not the way to go, ask Dan Snyder. The only mistake was not resigning Michael Turner with the cap room we had to do so. At least we would have had some wiggle room before drafting a new RB and not having to rely so heavily on them immediately.

Anonymous said... Mar 15, 2010, 7:08:00 PM

This is what I predict will happen: Sproles will be traded for a second round pick. Whitehurst will go to either AZ for a 3rd round pick OR go to SEA and we swap first round picks, moving us up to #14 overall. Either scenario will allow us to pick up a NT and a RB with our first two picks in the draft. NT could be Dan Williams, T. Cody, Cam Thomas. RBs could be Spiller, Best, Mathews. After locking up a player at each of these two positions AJ is going to grab another RB-preferably Blount from Oregon-and we'll have two sets of fresh young legs in the backfield and a top tier NT to fill that void on the Dline. Then we can use the rest of our picks to battle for spots at CB, DE, T, and possibly ILB. In terms of ILB, I hate our corps. Why? A disgusting amount of missed tackles. We need a thumper like Rolando McClain but too bad we have too many other pressing needs.

Anonymous said... Mar 15, 2010, 11:06:00 PM

Bump it ^^^

Anonymous said... Mar 16, 2010, 7:17:00 AM

Ok we all know merriman messed up and AJ is mad at him, but you know your lyin when you say that you dont love have Merriman on your team, theres just something you like about the guy. and if merriman is goin next year then you can bet hes going to play some his hardest ball this year. cause when it comes to these nfl players, its all about the bill$

JP said... Mar 18, 2010, 12:24:00 PM

Hi Guys,

I love your blog and website. Hey, I was wondering....What's the likelihood of A.J. Smith signing recently released Offensive Guard, Shawn Andrews. I know he's had a kind of "up and down" career, but he was a Pro Bowl player as recent as 2006 and 2007. He's only 27 and if he's healthy, he can sure help us plug a hole at right guard.. Do you think A.J. would try to sign him? We can probably sign him for a lot less than what he was scheduled to make this year and next...$1.8M plus incentives. What do you guys think?

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