Free agency begins and we have some work to do. Fortunately, we are very prapared for this off season. Maybe not emotionally, but we have a good handle on things on the business side of the game.
Personally, I’m still realing from the realization that LaDainian Tomlinson is not a Charger anymore, now I find out that Jamal Williams is on his way out the door as well after a disappointing, and injury ridden, season in which he saw limited playing time. Veteran running back Michael Bennet has also been released.
It’s a very sad offseason this year. This is the hardest part of running an organization like the Chargers. Tough decisions must be made as we get ever closer to that elusive first NFL championship.
There is work to be done, because as of 9PM Pacific Time, 21 player contracts are set to expire. Including seven Unrestricted free agents (UFA), twelve Restricted free agents (RFA) and two Exclusive Rights free agents (ERFA). The Chargers have placed tenders on all but three of the fourteen players that will be either Restricted or Exclusive Rights free agents. These tenders give San Diego the right to match offers from other teams in order to keep certain players, or recieve draft compensation for any players that sign with another team.
Think back to a few blogs ago to Free Agency Priorities 2010. Remember all of those big names on that list? Let’s look at a few of them as they stand right now.
The biggest restricted free agent names to look at are Vincent Jackson (WR), Malcom Floyd (WR), Marcus McNeill (LT), Shawne Merriman (LOLB), and Darren Sproles(RB). All of these players recieved that maximum possible tender and the bargaining chips are in place for some shrewd moves to be made. Free agency is now upon us, people. Lets enjoy the show.