Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

I’ve heard a couple people mention at different time that teams will not go into this free agency period without working out some deals before the lockout is lifted. I’m sure this is not entirely within the rules, but I’m sure there are ways to get around it. In fact, I’m positive that trying to work out any deals with players that were not on your team in 2010 and have not been granted free agency yet is indeed tampering. That means the only players that teams would probably attempt this with are their own would be free agents and players, like Bob Sanders, that were already released by other teams.

Gates — who will probably be the #1 tight end drafted in your 2011 fantasy league — tied the knot to model-turned-business owner Sasha Dindayal on July 9 during a lavish ceremony at the Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego.

Seven words into Joiner’s bio are enough to hint at Joiner’s stature and involvement in professional football. He’s spent most of his playing career and a chunk of his coaching career in San Diego, a living Chargers fixture that seems as much a part of the building as the prominent gold bolts.

3. Eric Weddle, safety, San Diego: There will be a big market for this play-making safety. But the Chargers want him back and they have the means to keep this vital player.

The current Chargers roster was heavily shaped by looming labor unrest.  There are currently 49 players under contract (see complete list at the end) to go along with seven players the team drafted.  Of the 49 players under contract, twelve are under “reserve/future” contracts which make them highly unlikely to make the team (doubly so in a lockout shortened off-season).

In the 2007 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers were so enamored with Utah safety Eric Weddle they moved up 22 spots to take him near the top of the second round. Now with free agency looming for the player who was San Diego’s starter at free safety in 48 of the past 51 games, the team may have to outbid other NFL teams who share a fondness for Weddle.

Patriots guard Logan Mankins and San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson were still looking to be be compensated for their part as plaintiffs in the Brady v. NFL case tonight, according to two reports.