With franchise players such as Marvin Harrison, Derrick Brooks, and Fred Taylor being released by their respective teams, the rumor mill was spinning regarding the fate of Chargers running back Ladainian Tomlinson. Coming off a disappointing and injury plagued season, I was getting nervous that L.T. might also be released. However, A.J. Smith kept hope alive that contract renegotiations are still underway. Good news, because it means the Chargers don’t have to waste a first round pick on a running back. They have a lot of holes to fill, mainly with finding a replacement for Igor Olshansky, a new right guard, someone to push Jeromey Clary at right tackle, someone to replace Matt Wilhem at middle linebacker, someone to replace Clinton Hart at safety, and someone who can give Jamal Williams a breather.
At the beginning of the 2008 season, the Chargers were lauded as having one of the more talented teams in the league. Now they find themselves with plenty of holes, which GM A.J. Smith acknowledged was partially his doing. I realize hindsight is 20/20, but drafting Buster Davis over Anthony Gonzalez and giving up way too many draft picks for Jacob Hester and Eric Weddle were devastating moves the past two drafts. For a team that prefers to utilize the draft for aquiring players, it will be interesting to see if the Chargers make any significant moves in free agency this season.