Three And Out: June 4, 2010

Jeff Williams hits on some the latest Chargers news, including a couple of team signings and some speculation as to General Manager AJ Smith's course of action regarding his high-profile restricted free agents.


The Chargers signed 5th round pick Jonathon Crompton to a four-year contract, and is their first draft pick to sign this year. Crompton has a reputation for having a big arm but lacking in refinement. He now finds himself in a great offense under one of the better QB coaches (in Norv Turner) in the NFL. Many see him as a 3rd string development project, but I don't think it's a stretch to imagine Crompton as the #2 QB of the future if he progresses the way the Chargers think he can.


Today the Chargers announced the signing if veteran tight-end Randy McMichael, formerly of the Rams. McMichael brings with him the ability to catch and block and provides a great insurance policy at the tight-end position, making a significant injury to Antonio Gates a little less devastating. I can see McMichael being especially valuable on the goalline, where he may be given the opportunity to add to his 22-career receiving touchdowns.


The Chargers completed their recent mini-camp without their four unsigned Restricted Free Agents. With the first deadline looming for the signing of RFA's, the question on everyone's mind is "Will AJ Smith get tough with his unsigned free agents?" A Restricted Free Agent has until June 15 to sign his contract tender or risk being paid 110% of his previous year's salary. This would amount to a reduction from their current offer for most of the tendered RFA's, and it is totally at the discretion of the team. For a hard-baller like AJ , would it be a surprise to see him get tough with any player who hasn't signed his contract tender? The Chargers four RFA's are already frustrated with their current situation. Do you think that the Chargers will risk making the situation even more untenable? Weigh in on the RFA situation by posting your thoughts in the comments section!

June 4, 2010

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Anonymous said... Jun 5, 2010, 3:54:00 AM

hopefully the RFA-stuff will work out.

not too sure about TE situation, maybe epps is not what they wanted, but i guess with gates, mcmichael, wilson, epps and that UDFA, they will get their three guys they need.

Anonymous said... Jun 5, 2010, 7:58:00 PM

be careful with mcneil and jackson, we need them!!! i could care less about the other two, though floyd was pretty awesome last year

Jeff Williams said... Jun 6, 2010, 1:13:00 PM

I thought they were pretty excited about Epps and Wilson... Seems like that is not the case!

Anonymous said... Jun 7, 2010, 8:19:00 AM

or, in the worst scenario, they arent sure about gates foot injury.

btw, people always say that gates/epps/wilson are primary pass catchers not run blockers, do you agree to that (although i watch all chargers games, i have to admit that i dont look at the TE in run situations ;) ) could mcmichael be a better run blocker as gates/wilson/epps and thus give the team more value as they are trying to relive the run game? maybe you have some insight which TE played during the last few trainings in run formations?

but in the end, its talk about the 2nd/3rd string TE. it wont be THE difference between a good and a great season.

thx a lot, feihlination

Jeff Williams said... Jun 7, 2010, 10:02:00 AM

I want to say that McMichael is bigger than Wilson and Epps, but their listed weights are pretty close. McMichael was an offensive lineman in high school, but since then he has mostly made headlines for his catching ability as a tight-end. I see this as a move to get some experienced depth behind Gates and to help take some wear and tear off of Gates when our Pro Bowl TE is not needed.

VJax Fan said... Jun 7, 2010, 11:07:00 AM

Floyd rejoined the Chargers... now we just have to wait for VJax.

Mark said... Jun 9, 2010, 11:43:00 AM

man, the Jackson and McNeil (and Merriman) situations have put a damper on my enthusiasm for the season. AJ and Spanos are treating these guys like they are high-school kids!!- report or else, we'll cut your contract of 3mil to 600K!!???

I understand some of AJ's thinking but, he will soon have to eat crow and start long-term contract talks with these guys. But negotiations need to ensure that V-Jax stays out of trouble and McNeil needs to stay healthy. Ditto for Merriman. The Chargers brass is going about these situations in the wrong way, playing it through the media.

Anonymous said... Jun 10, 2010, 10:45:00 AM

VJ, McNeil, Merriman hope you sign your contract tenders soon and show the world you are worth the LT contracts. VJ needs to be signed. McNeil as well. Merriman should be paying us back for missing so much time with injuries. Let's get this season going guys.

Lighting 72

Edward Rodriguez said... Jun 11, 2010, 5:53:00 PM

All Fans have to remember this pro football is just like any other company. Chargers are not the only team with this problem. Alot of people may hate A.J. Smith, but I myself would like this kind of man handling my millions. You have to be an as**le to be rich.Sure these players are screwed thats the nature of the beast. But they make more than dozen of fans togetheir in a lifetime could make.Remember what happen to John Jefferson? Got his money, but threw away his Hall of Fame induction. You can't hurt these teams, there are many players looking to get payed.

Anonymous said... Jun 12, 2010, 3:52:00 AM

just a bad situation with all the CBA-uncertainty. VJ and mcneill need longterm contracts and deservedly so.

merriman is a perfect fit for a one-year-tender. if he goes for 8+ sacks this year give him an extension and otherwise cut him

Anonymous said... Jun 14, 2010, 7:31:00 AM

The rules are the rules. VJ and McNeill should take the tendered amounts and get the Chargers the superbowl win that has alluded them. Will they remember more getting a long term deal a year later than they wanted or a superbowl ring? Holding out is designed as a protest and it is clear that AJ will not budge. The better solution would be for these guys to up their insurance in case they do get hurt and can no longer play football.

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