San Diego Chargers, in Surprising Turn, Tender Sproles, Release Williams

March 5, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Following widespread reports that Darren Sproles would go untendered because of the $7 million price tag the San Diego Chargers would attach to the gifted role player, the team has apparently changed its mind.
Concerns about the attention already given to the 5’8’’ speed burner before free agency officially begins led San Diego to move to wrap up the player affectionately known as “the lightning bug.” 
Sproles joins wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd, along with outside linebacker Shawne Merriman and left tackle Marcus McNeill, as restricted free agents given first- and third-round tenders.
At the same time, as Sproles was all but guaranteed a return, another San Diego mainstay was shown the road.  Nose tackle Jamal Williams was released, as was little-used backup running back Michael Bennett.
Williams was set to receive a $5 million salary, along with a $1 million roster bonus.  That total would nearly cover the $7.283 million salary Spro...

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