Chargers: Team Notes

The Draft is just three short weeks away and John Butler remains sidelined. <br><br> The Bolts are still working on their kicking situations after working out a few vets last week.

--GM John Butler, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in July, remains hospitalized with the draft less than three weeks away. Assistant GM A.J. Smith said it's business as usual, with the staff in contact with Butler on the phone. If he remains hospitalized as the draft draws nearer, his room will be equipped with a video machine so he can scout prospects.

--The Chargers' first of seven picks will be the 15th selection overall. The last time the Chargers were slotted there was in 1988, and the result was good: Pro Bowl wide receiver Anthony Miller was selected.

--Kickers trying out for the Chargers include Michael Husted, Mike Hollis and Todd Peterson. The team is also talking with Steve Christie, and coach Marty Schottenheimer said it appears the club is leaning toward his return.

--With the reconstruction of the defense still ongoing Schottenheimer said that's where the focus will be in the draft. "I would be less than candid if I didn't acknowledge that the defensive side of the football is where we are looking in the draft," he said.

--QB Drew Brees took batting practice with the Padres before a recent game with the Giants. Brees got a picture standing next to Barry Bonds, after Brees' batting session, which didn't include a home run. "I put them in the wrong seats," Brees said.

--LB Junior Seau said there was nothing new regarding him engineering a trade. The Chargers gave him permission to do just that, but it appears teams will wait until he is released on June 1 before recruiting him or at least until after the Chargers pay a guaranteed $2.7 million roster bonus that is due on April 15.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's getting a little antsy. But he needs to take care of some other things. But he's got us, he's got his guys running it." -- Assistant GM A.J. Smith, on GM John Butler being hospitalized since March 13, and his staff preparing for the draft.

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