Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Maybe I should call this the late morning dump. Good morning everyone

While the Bears have their list of four candidates that they will interview for the open GM position, San Diego Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye will be the first one to visit Halas Hall for an interview, according to CSN’s Kip Lewis.

Offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, Clarence Shelmon will not be returning to the team for the upcoming 2012 National Football League (NFL) season, the franchise announced on Tuesday night, January 10, 2012.

The San Diego Chargers have used the Franchise Tag each of the last 3 years. The first two of those years the team used it on RB/KR Darren Sproles. Then last year the Chargers slapped it on WR Vincent Jackson and let Sproles walk. The Franchise Tag requires the team to offer a player a one year contract that is the average of the top 5 salaries at the player’s position or 120% of the player’s salary from the previous season. So, if the Chargers wanted to use the Franchise Tag on Vincent Jackson again, they’d need to offer him a 1 year contract worth 120% of what he made last year.