Chargers Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

We’ve talked about the possibility of Nick Barnett being the odd man out at linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and one place he could potentially end up is in San Diego, where the Chargers are in a state of flux at the position.

It would not be surprising to see the San Diego Chargers pursue Black. He was close with former Buccaneers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. Black led the Bisaccia’s special teams unit with 24 tackles in 2008, the last season that Black was a backup that saw the field constantly on special teams. The Chargers run a 3-4 defense that could use Black as an inside or outside linebacker.

San Diego Chargers’ star tight end Antonio Gates is putting a positive spin on the lockout. Gates, who dealt with several injuries last season and ended up on the injured reserve, told Pro Football Weekly the extended lockout has allowed him to heal.

Vincent Jackson has proven himself on the field as a receiver for the San Diego Chargers, but his off-field actions keep the team from offering a big money contract, and the two will soon part ways. San Diego is loaded at receiver, and dealing Jackson to Jacksonville or Chicago could be in the mix. Jackson has the skills to become a top five wide out in the league, but he is a typical receiver in that he thinks more about himself than the team. Look for the Chargers to ask for at least a second round choice when talking trade with teams around the league.