Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Finally it’s Friday!! Senior Bowl and Pro Bowl are this weekend.

Philip Rivers took some time out of Pro Bowl preparations to sit down with NFL Network’s Fran Charles and Marshall Faulk to talk about what the Chargers need to do next season to be a better team.

It’s still early in the offseason and reports have indicated that the two sides may begin talks after the Super Bowl, but to this point the Chargers have not opened talks with their top receiver Vincent Jackson on a new contract.

Granted, just 104 players attend, as opposed to the 325-plus expected in Indianapolis next month. And there are no underclassmen at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile this week.

Before all you readers lose your cool about the idea of bringing Vontaze Burfict and all his baggage to San Diego, let me first explain why such an irrational decision ironically makes sense.

We are now under a month away from the NFL Combine and less than two months away from the start of free agency in this NFL offseason.

Condon doesn’t deny having a fractured relationship with San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith that stems from Eli Manning’s entry into the NFL in 2004. With the Chargers holding the draft’s first pick, Condon, expressing Manning’s wishes, told the Chargers that Manning would not play for the franchise — which drafted him anyway, then traded him to the Giants for Rivers and draft picks (third round in 2004, first- and fifth-round picks in 2005).