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Old 03-04-2010, 01:13 PM   #1
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Darren Sproles is staying. Jamal Williams is leaving.

The Chargers changed their mind on Sproles, opting Thursday morning to place a first-and-third tender on the dynamic running back and kick returner, sources said.

Sources also said Williams, a Pro Bowl nose tackle who had been with the Chargers for 12 seasons, would be released. Williams, who will be 34 next month, would have been owed a $1 million roster bonus and was scheduled to earn $5 million in 2010. He played in only one game last season due to a triceps injury suffered in the season opener.

Sproles had been notified last week the Chargers would not tender him as a restricted free agent and would allow him to test the market as an unrestricted free agent.

The move guarantees Sproles a salary of $7.27 million if he stays with the Chargers, unless the club can sign him to a long-term deal. He made $6.62 million last season as the Chargers' franchise player and is entitled to a 10 percent raise.

The Chargers' initial thinking in not tendering Sproles was that they couldn't justify paying a kick returner and third-down back that much. They had hoped to continue talking to him about a multiyear contract even as he tested the market.

A source said Sproles was scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend and also St. Louis, Philadelphia and Washington.

It is unlikely he will take those trips now. Any team signing him would have to give the Chargers a first-round and third-round pick.

Earlier Thursday, before the Chargers decided to tender him, Sproles said he was excited about free agency.

“I’m just ready to see who wants me,” Sproles said.

Sproles reiterated several times that his “first choice” was to remain a Charger.

“First, it’s San Diego,” he said. “Then it’s my teammates. The people in the locker room, that’s who I’m comfortable with. They know what I like to do; I know what they like to do.”

Sproles carried 93 times for 343 yards (3.7 average) and caught 45 passes for 497 yards in 2009. He has over the past two-plus seasons shown himself to be among the most dynamic runners in the NFL.

The Chargers clearly see the 5-foot-6, 185-pound Sproles as a kick returner and third-down back.

“It’s always been on my mind — how do other teams want to use me?” he said. “Is it just on third down and returning? Or do some people want to use me more? That’s what I’ve always wondered?”

Sproles and the Chargers had agreed to talk again. But first he was going to find out what other teams were willing to give him — in both playing time and money.

“I’m still thinking I can still be a Charger,” Sproles said. “That’s what I feel … This is where I want to be, so we’ll try to get something worked out. But if not, we’ll see … ”
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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Hahahahaha. 7 Million dollars!!!! FTW

No one is going to touch Sproles now. This shows how desperate the Chargers are at RB.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:15 PM   #4
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:16 PM   #5
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was there some other RB that got a really high tender in yesterday that they wanted instead and then had no choice but to keep him? otherwise this is a crazy turnaround
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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Jamal Williams, make it so.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:25 PM   #7
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If williams could play even 9-10 games it would probably be worth it if he wasn't too pricey.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:27 PM   #8
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A Jamal Williams and Wayne Nunnelly reunion would be nice for us....
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:34 PM   #9
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I'd love to have Williams in Denver
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:37 PM   #10
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:42 PM   #11
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**IF** we could get him (Jamal), how would this impact the Dan Williams pick? Do we go in a different direction?
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:42 PM   #12
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I'd take him. A three man platoon at NT consisting of him, Baker and Fields, would be pretty impressive.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:53 PM   #13
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I'd take him. A three man platoon at NT consisting of him, Baker and Fields, would be pretty impressive.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:55 PM   #14
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**IF** we could get him (Jamal), how would this impact the Dan Williams pick? Do we go in a different direction?
Then we get McClain or JPP or trade back.
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**IF** we could get him (Jamal), how would this impact the Dan Williams pick? Do we go in a different direction?
Absolutely not. Jamal would be a stop gap at NT being 34 years old, coming off IR, and being flat out released from contract.

That being said, if Tommie Harris and Jamal Williams get released, then this has already made this offseason interesting.

SD's NFL best talent roster is declining awfully fast IMHO.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:08 PM   #16
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I'm more interested in how it might impact Hillis.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:23 PM   #17
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:26 PM   #18
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Chargers announce release of Williams, Bennett
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 4, 2010 4:56 PM ET

Confirming news first broken by Kassim Osgood on Twitter, the San Diego Chargers announced today that they have released defensive tackle Jamal Williams.

"This is a difficult time of year and the most difficult part of our job," Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said in the team's announcement. "Jamal has been an anchor of our defense for 12 seasons. He's battled courageously at one of the most punishing positions on the field, and I respect him immensely."

San Diego also announced that running back Michael Bennett has been released. The team's statement included Smith making a specific point to say that the Chargers will be deep at running back despite the departures of Bennett and LaDainian Tomlinson.

"We have a plan for the offseason," said Smith. "It's a long offseason and we'll have many options. We're confident we'll be able to add strong depth at all positions, including running back."

Smith also said in the statement that he expects to have restricted free agents Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd, Marcus McNeill, Shawne Merriman and Darren Sproles back after tendering them at the highest level.

"Our intentions are to have all of our tendered players back," Smith said. "We feel good about these players and continuity is important to us."


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...liams-bennett/
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Do we have a realistic shot of getting Williams? And why would SD get rid?
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Absolutely not. Jamal would be a stop gap at NT being 34 years old, coming off IR, and being flat out released from contract.

That being said, if Tommie Harris and Jamal Williams get released, then this has already made this offseason interesting.

SD's NFL best talent roster is declining awfully fast IMHO.
Thanks!

Thats what I thought. I am of the mind, you can never have enough big, strong bodies on the DLINE. The more you have of 'em, the better your team is...
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Nunnely was his one of his coaches for years. It depends on their relationship, but it atleast gives us a little bit of a inside track.

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Old. Expensive. Bad Knees. He would have been a textbook Shanahan pickup.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:51 PM   #23
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They realized there's a deep market for Sproles. They will try to trade him....
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Does he have anything left? I am intrigued about platooning him, Fields and Baker if he progresses. And I'd still draft Williams if he's the BPA - cant have enough DL.
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:01 PM   #25
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Does he have anything left? I am intrigued about platooning him, Fields and Baker if he progresses. And I'd still draft Williams if he's the BPA - cant have enough DL.
This, he may thrive in a limited starting role through a rotation.
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