Chargers' First Practice Begins on Saturday, Will Corey Liuget Be on the Field?
Since the free agency period began on Tuesday, the San Diego Chargers have been quite active re-signing current player, signing free agents and getting their draft picks under contract.
As of Friday night, the Chargers have six of their eight draft picks currently under contract.
According to Chargers.com, the Bolts signed second-round draft pick (61st overall) linebacker Jonas Mouton, sixth-round draft pick (201st overall) offensive tackle Steve Schilling and seventh-round (234th overall) linebacker Andrew Gachkar on July 27 to four-year contracts.
Financial terms of those contracts were not disclosed.
On July 28, the Chargers signed third-round draft pick (82nd overall) wide receiver Vincent Brown to a four-year contract. Brown caught the attention of the Chargers front office after a breakout year with San Diego State.
He should be well adjusted to the surroundings of Qualcomm Stadium having played all four collegiate seasons in the facility. Brown also earned honors at the Co-MVP in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl game.
The duo of wide receivers need to come up with a cool moniker, like the Two Vincents, the V-Twins or maybe even V-Jax and V-Bro, something that the Chargers marketing department can run with.
With the first practice of the Charger's training camp set to open tomorrow at Chargers Park (open to the public from 4-6 p.m.), fans are wondering if first-round draft pick (18th overall) defensive tackle Corey Liuget will be on the field.
Liuget, and third-round draft pick (89th overall) defensive back Shareece Wright are the only two draft picks to yet sign contracts with the Chargers.
Is the question money for Liuget?
Let's take a look at how much the Chargers first-round pick may end making.
According to NFL.com, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round draft pick (20th overall) defensive end Adrian Clayborn became the very first first-round draft pick to sign under the rookie wage scale approved under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Clayborn signed a four-year contract worth $8.2 million. Financial amounts regarding how much of the money was guaranteed was not disclosed.
Detroit Lions first-round pick (13th overall) defensive tackle Nick Fairley signed a four-year contract worth $10 million guaranteed according to NFL.com's first-pick signings tracker.
So, with the 13th overall pick getting $10 million, and the 20th pick getting $8.2 million, it would be interesting to see what Liuget will command at 18th overall.
My guess, based on how the money given to players above and below him (of course, not an exact science, that is why it is a guess) would be $9.3 million to $8.9 million.
With contracts already set an automatic four-years, it seems the only negotiating part would of course be the money and how much of that money is guaranteed. It looks like a majority of the contracts signed by first-round draft picks guarantee all of the money over the four-years of the deal.
I can only hope that Chargers general manager A.J. Smith will have a deal in place for Liuget to take the field for the Chargers first practice of training camp.
For those of you that will be jamming Chargers Park in San Diego hoping to get a glimpse (or autograph) from your favorite player, Saturday's practice is the first of nine practices open to the public. Practice is from 4-6 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.).
Chargers FanFest 2011 will take place at Qualcomm Stadium on August 6 from 10 a.m. to noon, for those of you who want to get up close and personal with some of your favorite Chargers players.
For a list of all Chargers training camp practices, and the do's and don'ts when viewing practice, visit Chargers.com.
I will be covering Chargers training camp this year live from Chargers Park, so if you see me, don't forget to say hi!
You can follow me on Twitter @BR_JayBrown.
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