It's been an unusually busy week in sunny San Diego, as a flurry of transactions has occurred within the past week. The Chargers parted ways with a veteran wide receiver, extended the contract of a valuable member of their defense, and welcomed a new member into their fold.
Six-year veteran wide receiver Eric Parker was released Wednesday afternoon after the team failed to find a suitable trade partner for him. The Chargers had been seeking a trade for sometime now as depth at the wide receiver position has emerged, making Parker expendable.
Parker missed all of last year after breaking his sesamoid bone in his big toe. Parker, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee, spent his entire career in San Diego. He had 187 receptions, 2,586 yards, and 11 TDs before being released Wednesday.
The Chargers continue to lock up their young talent, as they extended the contract of talented defensive end Luis Castillo. Castillo signed a five-year, $43 million extension on Wednesday, ensuring that he will remain a Charger until at least 2014. Castillo is the 13th Charger starter signed through 2010.
The Chargers' first-round pick, cornerback Antione Cason, ended his three-day holdout on Thursday. He became the first pick between No. 19 and No. 29, and the first cornerback, to sign from April's draft.
He will report to camp today for the first full-team practice of Chargers training camp. The deal reportedly guarantees Cason $6 million a year and roughly $12 million through the course of the deal.
This is expected to be the most noise the Chargers make until the start of the season, as all 22 starting spots are settled.