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Today marks the third day that teams can sign free agents. Teams were allowed to agree to terms with any free agent since Tuesday, but could not sign them till Friday. As soon as 3 PM came on Friday, the Chargers made moves very fast. Vincent Jackson signed his $11 million franchise tag, linebacker Takeo Spikes was signed for three years, safety Bob Sanders was signed for one year, and linebacker Travis Laboy for two years. San Diego’s main concerns for free agency were to re-sign their own free agents they could afford, and add linebacker, receiver, and quarterback depth.

Billy Volek was retained on a 2 year, $6 million contract. Volek has been in San Diego for the last five years. He is considered to be one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league. Yes, if he does have to play in Rivers’ absence, the Chargers will not be in great shape. But, with Volek, they are in better shape than with any other backup quarterback around the league. He also brings leadership to the team, whether it’s at practice, or on the sidelines at games. San Diego’s insurance policy remains with the return of Volek.

Today was the day that the new Charger players picked their numbers.

Takeo Spikes #51, Bob Sanders #31, Travis Laboy #99, Corey Liuget #94, Marcus Gilchrist #38, Jonas Mouton #57, Vincent Brown #86, Shareece Wright #29, Jordan Todman #40, Steve Schilling #70, Andrew Gachkar #59, Scott Tolzien #16

All the Chargers’ draft picks have been signed with the exception of none other than first round pick Corey Liuget. Coaches feel Liuget is a very smart player, and missing the first couple of practices should not affect him. Both sides feel the contract should be figured out very soon.

Tight End Antonio Gates and Linebacker Larry English are still on the physically unable to perform list. Gates was seen on the sideline running sprints at practice today. It was said that he was running much harder, and cutting more today than yesterday. Both are showing progression. I doubt either of them will compete in any preseason games. Gates is one of the most valuable players not only on the team, but in the NFL as well. English has not yet lived up to the expectations, but there is still potential in him if he stays healthy.

Many have been saying that Ryan Mathews is out of shape. He was seen in the locker room huffing and puffing after a hard workout. When Mathews was asked about his struggles, he had this to say.

“My cardio is real good; I don’t get tired, It’s the speed work. I haven’t been doing much speed work like that. There’s a couple things I probably should have done differently in the offseason, like conditioning my legs.”

Malcom Floyd is the only remaining free agent the Chargers have interest in re-signing. To do so, the price he wants will have to drop, a lot. Arizona and Minnesota are reportedly interested in him, but no deal has been offered yet. There is a chance, a very slight chance, that Floyd stays in San Diego. If he doesn’t, the Chargers will be looking at adding another veteran receiver.

As of now, San Diego’s linebackers are Antwan Barnes, Shaun Phillips, Donald Butler, Takeo Spikes, Travis Laboy, and Jonas Mouton. There are other linebackers on the roster as of now, but are not a for sure lock to make the team. Kevin Acee from the San Diego Union Tribune says that he expects the Chargers to go after another veteran linebacker and receiver in free agency.

The first injury happened at practice today. Antoine Cason will have to have surgery on his knuckles after a bang bang play with Patrick Crayton. The length of his injury cannot be determined yet. More news to come.

Fullback Kenny Younger was signed to the team today. He has been impressing coaches left and right. Norv Turner still says Hester is our guy, but what Younger is showing us, is too hard to pass up.

Former Chargers linebackers Brandon Siler and Antwan Applewhite found new homes today. Applewhite will be in San Francisco this season, and Siler will be seeing his former team twice a year in Kansas City.

The Chargers have slowed down in the market these last two days, but don’t count them out just yet. As mentioned earlier, San Diego will be looking for a receiver and linebacker. No names have been mentioned yet. Expect them to wait for Floyd to make his decision before they make any of their own.

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