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.
TOMLINSON VISITS WITH THE VIKINGS, COULD ALSO MEET WITH THE JETS
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
CHARGERS BACKUP QB CHARLIE WHITEHURST DRAWING LEAGUE INTEREST
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.
CHARGERS ATTEND CAL's PRO DAY
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
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