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Smith Says Chargers are Open to a Draft Day Deal

Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith likes to make trades during the NFL Draft. Smith has traded at least once in six of nine drafts since becoming general manager in 2003 and has made eight draft-day deals altogether.

“We’re wide open,” Smith told Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday. “We have been always since I’ve been here, and we’ve done everything. We’ve gone up in the attack. We’ve bailed out in the past, and we’ve stayed where we are. It depends on circumstance.”

The Chargers have eight draft picks, including 18th and 49th overall. Whether they’ll keep every selection or get creative hasn’t been determined, he said; talks typically heat up in the week leading up to the draft.

When on the clock, he doesn’t field last-breath offers from other teams. The deadline to contact San Diego is when there’s roughly three minutes left on its selection allotment.

“Don’t bother with three minutes left or less,” Smith said, “to run some concocted idea that you may have because you’re ready to do something and you’re presenting your case. I’m not interested.

“I’ve been very consistent with that. I like (to trade), prior to a cut-off. I’ve had a few (offers) along the way from people who don’t understand, more so in the past. But when you’ve been on the job long enough and we all know each other, they pretty much know that ‘let’s just skip the Chargers. Don’t even make that call even though you’d like to do that. It’s too late.’”


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