Jeff touches on some of the recent San Diego Chargers news bits, including the trade of Charlie Whitehurst to the Seahawks, Jim Steeg moving on from the organization, the release of wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, and "Mount Cody" vising the Bolts on March 31st
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ACQUIRE CHARLIE WHITEHURST
Charlie Whitehurst is officially a Seahawk, and it seems that the only person who thinks that was a good trade for Seattle may be Pete Carrol and GM John Schneider. In the deal, the Seahawks received the best 3rd string QB in the NFL (is that like being the best XFL football team?), and swapped 2nd round picks with the Chargers, who moved up 20-spots and also received the 'Hawks 3rd rounder in 2011. Reaction to the trade leaned largely in the Chargers favor, with most NFL analysts wondering why Pete Carroll and company valued Whitehurst so highly. Even AJ Smith acknowledged that the Chargers "just fell into it," making me believe that Seattle made them an offer that was better than was expected.
COO/VP JIM STEEG RESIGNS
Chargers executive vice president and COO Jim Steeg resigned after five years with the team. Steeg was well regarded in the NFL for being both professional and personable, and for his dedication to the sport at both the team and league level. Anytime that I've heard Steeg speak he always seemed friendly and truly interested in what the fans had to say. Still, under Steeg ticket prices shot up, the cost for parking shot up, and the price for many concessions increased. It seems that Steeg was good for the team, but how good was he for fans? Never fear, A.G. Spanos, son of Dean, will fill the void left by Steeg. It makes me wonder how long it will be before the next Spanos assumes another big leadership role on the Chargers. Could John Spanos, General Manager, be far behind?
CHARGERS RELEASE DEMETRIUS BYRD
The Chargers released 2009 draft pick Demetrius Byrd. Byrd, who was severely injured in a car accident prior to the draft, was a bit of a reach even in the 7th round, but was well taken care of by the Chargers while on the team. Still, the Chargers don't have the luxury of hanging on to a player who won't play this season and may never play a down in the NFL.
TERRENCE CODY TO VISIT SAN DIEGO
Terrence Cody, the Alabama nose tackle who some project to be picked in the first round, is scheduled to visit the Chargers in San Diego. The one time 400-pound player was a disappointment at the Senior Bowl after weighing in at 370-pounds, and his weight has been closely scrutinized ever since. With the more weight he loses, the better his chances are of sticking in the first round and possibly earning the Chargers' first round draft pick. What is your take? Should the Chargers select a player like Cody in the first round, or will they have better options?
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