Three And Out: March 11, 2010

Charger players, both former and current, are drawing interest around the league; the Vikings are making a strong play for LT, and a couple teams in the NFC West are inquiring about Charlie Whitehurst. Also, it appears the Chargers have their eyes on multiple California Golden Bear prospects.


The Minnesota Vikings began their courtship of Ladainian Tomlinson in earnest yesterday, as team officials hosted the former San Diego Charger for dinner Wednesday night with Tomlinson later sharing that the free agency process is an exciting, yet unfamiliar process.

"It's like recruiting all over again, like going from high school to college," says Tomlinson. "You just kind of have to kind of get a feel and see where you fit in at and see how it goes."

In pursuing LT, the Vikings have made it clear to him that his role on the team would be as a back-up to Adrian Peterson, and as a third-down player. Quite the fundamental shift in what Tomlinson has been known to do throughout his career, it is nonetheless a role he is willing to embrace.

"I don't [have a problem with it]," Tomlinson says. "I know I can catch the ball really well out of the backfield, can run routes and that's something that I've always looked for as I got older in my career. Being able to fall back on that. Not having to carry the ball as much. I think that's what was lost in San Diego because I was the only guy that could really carry the ball 20 times. So my third-down role was reduced. So now I'm looking for that. It's something I can do and I can fit in well."

LT's agent Tom Condon seems to be building leverage against Minnesota as he scheduled a trip next to the New York Jets, who have also expressed interest in the Hall of Fame back. But if Minnesota is serious about getting a deal done with Tomlinson, he could sign today.

"My agent is definitely here in town," says Tomlinson.

SOURCE: Star Tribune


When the Chargers tendered restricted free agent Charlie Whitehurst with only a third rounder, it became apparent that the team was willing to let the veteran backup QB leave in hopes of securing a solid third round pick in compensation.

Thus far, Whitehurst was met with the Arizona Cardinals and is visiting with the Seattle Seahawks today. As the Seahawks don't have a third round pick this year, word is there are trying to secure one via trade.

There are a number of veteran quarterbacks currently on the market with much more starting experience than Whitehurst, but it is believed that Whitehurst carried a high grade as a prospect when he entered the NFL, and personnel people around the league are still intrigued by his potential.

Should the Chargers be able to secure a third round pick this year, it would give them more flexibility in a draft which is shaping up to be a pivotal one as the Chargers try to ensure they can still compete for a Super Bowl even after losing so many big-time players.



The Chargers attended Cal's pro day yesterday, much as they would any other school workout. But while most are correctly assuming they have their eye on Jahvid Best, don't discount the possibility that they also have real interest in defensive end/tackle Tyson Alualu.

Alualu was second-team All Pac 10 last year. At 6'3" 295lbs he has the prototypical frame for the 5 technique spot opposite Luis Castillo. While obviously not a nose tackle, Tyson could still bring value to the team with his versatility and ability to make big plays. The Chargers defensive line lacks playmakers, but Tyson's athleticism and power could change that.

Tyson Alualu Highlights

March 11, 2010

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P-Los said... Mar 11, 2010, 12:22:00 PM

I think LT would do well in either Minnesota or New York, he's still got a little left in the tank and running behind good power offensive lines would definately make a different in his production.

I really hope we trade Charlie Clipboard for a 3rd, an extra pick could change our whole plan for the draft.

Tyson Alalu is a great player, i really like his motor. Ive had the chargers taking him or Alex Carrington in the 2nd round on my mock draft.

Anonymous said... Mar 11, 2010, 5:03:00 PM

Tyson looks like a beast! Love to get him in the second or third if possible. And yea, LT would look good in purple.. lol, just saying...

Ed said... Mar 11, 2010, 5:40:00 PM

Tyson looks good, quick and fast. Plus he never stops coming. A heck of a motor. L.T. go to the Vikings, we don't want to bust your bubble.If L.T. goes to the Jets, he won't make it to the SuperBowl. Why? Because to get to the SuperBowl, they are going to have to thru San Diego!! Not three in row Jets! This time the Chargers are going to take the Jets down!

Jeff Williams said... Mar 11, 2010, 8:09:00 PM

If a team is dumb enough to give the Chargers a 3rd round pick for Whitehurst (and not negotiate that down), then be my guest!

Anonymous said... Mar 11, 2010, 10:44:00 PM

Dumb? The Jets were dumb! They gave the Chargers at least a 3rd that could turn into a 2nd draft pick,On a prayer Cro would grow up. We know he behave the 1st yr. after that he will go back to ways if not earlier. Whitehurst has been groomed by the Chargers for couple of years. He is in better shape to start for a team than Tebow. That my friend is truth.

Anonymous said... Mar 12, 2010, 10:30:00 AM

Great- first the Jets beat us then they take our players. I bet they sign Merriman next year too

Anonymous said... Mar 12, 2010, 12:24:00 PM

The Jets pick up Cro, than they have to re-work his contract so they can pay him $500,000.00 up front for his child support. Than they want to sign L.T. as a 3rd down back. A RB like L.T. need to touch the ball alot of times to break off a big one. 3rd down RB's won't get that many touches. The Jets want to throw away their money great. Isn't there a RB from the Bengals that is the hotest RB in the league? The Chargers contained him enough to win the game. L.T. is no bigger threat than him. Man up Charger Fans. You can't live in the past.

Big Mike said... Mar 12, 2010, 12:37:00 PM

I'm starting to become a huge fan of Tyson Alualu. That guy has amazing feet for a big man. I know the DEs in our 3-4 aren't asked to do much besides take up blocks, but this guy looks like someone who can get after the QB a little bit and cause some havoc. Merriman was at his best when Luis Castillo was getting consistent push into the backfield, they were more or less fighting each other for the sack which is what you want in your defense.

Anonymous said... Mar 12, 2010, 1:03:00 PM

I would love to see any of these guys in powder blue in 2010 Thomas Pierre(NO),Franklin Aubrayo NT (SF) Ryan Matthews(FS) ,Justin Fargas(Oak), King Tyce(CAL), Jerry Porter(Mia), Gregg Ellis(Oak), Ray Edwards (Min) D. Sharper(NO) and Antonine Bethea(Ind)

Let’s do this!Let go and get that Lombardi Prize Trophy!!!

Lighting 72

Anonymous said... Mar 12, 2010, 3:31:00 PM

Chargers signed Donald Strickland today

Anonymous said... Mar 13, 2010, 8:51:00 AM

i say if we get a third round for Charlie whitehurst we give one of them to the saints for Anthony Hargrove and then were good at nose tackle

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