Almost 30 Show Up for Voluntary Workouts

As organized offseason conditioning sessions began Monday and continue in earnest beginning next week — thus begins the Chargers quest to hoist the Lombardi trophy in Dallas on February 6th

Almost 30 players, mostly those who just completed their first or second season and some rehabilitating injury, reported to the voluntary workouts Monday. Veterans are asked to be at Chargers Park on Tuesday.

It is not expected that the Chargers’ high-profile restricted free agents will be at these workouts. Darren Sproles has been working out already, but the other players with the first-and-third tender (Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill and Shawne Merriman) could decide to skip some or all of the offseason activities while not under contract.

The Chargers will not be the only team whose restricted free agents stay away from offseason workouts, and they figure to be understanding of that aspect of business until training camp.

“We’d like for all our players to be here,” General Manager A.J. Smith said. “If they’re not, that’s entirely up to them and their agents what path they want to go down.”

The coaches would like the players to be part of the team’s conditioning regimen and voluntary coaching sessions before the mandatory minicamp in late May. But head coach Norv Turner saw a bright spot considering the type of players in question.

“These guys have never had an issue of not being in shape or physically prepared,” Turner said.

For those who will be around the next few months, the Chargers have pushed back the bulk of their offseason work.

Instead of a full-squad minicamp the week after the April 22-24 draft, the Chargers will hold what Turner is calling a “rookie orientation” May 7 and 8. The mandatory full-squad minicamp will be May 26-28, about three weeks later than usual.


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