The Morning Charge - 2/26/11

o. 18 San Diego Chargers

Team Needs: DE, WR, OT

The Chargers have to be concerned about the production drop off of Luis Castillo and seeing as how Jacques Cesaire is a free agent, they’ll have to address the defensive end position at some point in the draft.

The Chargers were one of the most underachieving teams during 2010 based on the expectations for them. Their special teams units let them down in the first half of the season, and some team observers felt that cost them some games. But injuries at running back and wide receiver also were a factor. The Chargers have 25 free agents, but fewer than 10 could be classified as key players. They already made the expected move of placing their non-exclusive franchise tag on WR Vincent Jackson, but they also need to re-sign WR Malcom Floyd.

Pencil in Eric Weddle at free safety.

The Chargers’ plan is to re-sign him. And while nothing is certain, Weddle is comfortable in the defense and with secondary coach Steve Wilks.

Teams will go ahead with tendering players who would be restricted free agents under current NFL rules, league executives and coaches confirmed Thursday at the Scouting Combine

“I certainly appreciate fans that are going to hang in there and keep pulling for us because that’s what we need. We’re going to get it done and I’m excited about this coming season.” – QB Philip Rivers on a conference call with Chargers season-ticket holders.

Minneapolis-based Shock Doctor® – the authentic market leader and creators of innovative, unique performance-driven sports protection and the undisputed leader in mouthguard technology – announced today it has signed a three-year endorsement contract with NFL San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews.

Toto, we’re not in San Diego any more. Walking to Lucas Oil Stadium this morning required careful foot placement to avoid patches of snow not decimated by salt. On the docket today: QBs, RBs and WRs.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":