The San Diego Chargers signed nose tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo and linebacker James Holt to contracts on Wednesday, and have placed tenders on ten other players including wide receiver Malcom Floyd, free safety Eric Weddle, and running back Mike Tolbert.
The Bolts placed tenders on certain restricted free agents in order to maintain negotiating rights as specified by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is scheduled to expire Thursday night at 11:59pm EST.
Malcom Floyd received the highest restricted free agent tender out of the ten players, with a first and third-round tender. Floyd will find himself in the same situation that Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was in at the beginning of free agency last season.
Hopefully, Floyd won't make the same mistake Jackson made. Floyd may be looking for a long-term deal from the Chargers in the long run, but will need to stay healthy.
The Chargers placed a first-round tender on free safety Eric Weddle; second-round tender on linebacker Antwan Applewhite, tackle Jeromey Clary, and running back Mike Tolbert; a third-round tender on defensive back Dante Hughes; a fourth-round tender on linebacker Antwan Barnes and safety Paul Oliver; and a seventh-round tender on linebacker Brandon Siler.
Tackle Brandyn Dombrowski, who made a name for himself while filling in for left tackle Marcus McNeill during McNeill's contract holdout last season, was also tendered as an exclusive rights free agent.
Should any of those players sign contracts with other teams, the Chargers would receive a draft pick in April's draft as compensation.
As previously anticipated, wide receiver Legedu Naanee was not tendered an offer and will become a free agent once free agency begins at the start of the new league year on March 4.
Naanee became a subject of free agent rumors at the end of the season, however his arrest in Indianapolis on February 12 for public intoxication and resisting arrest is what probably sealed his fate with the Chargers.
Without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place and no clear idea when free agency will begin, the Chargers will begin to focus their attention towards April's draft.
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