NEEDS/DRAFT PRIORITIES: Despite Seau's pending departure, the team fills comfortable that backup Zeke Moreno is ready to take on the starting role at weakside linebacker.
The big needs remain cornerback, depth along the defensive line's interior, and kicker. Look for the team to bring some street agents in at cornerback for camp, and draft someone high -- possibly with its first pick in the opening round, at No. 15 overall.
The safety position is also fluid, where there's been talk of switching cornerback Ryan McNeil to free safety, and moving Rogers Beckett over to strong safety to replace Rodney Harrison. But neither plan is etched in stone.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
PK Steve Christie (this veteran kicker offers a safety valve if the team can't upgrade during the offseason); S Keith Lyle (another fallback player, if other plans don't work out. The team is considering moving CB Ryan McNeil to free safety, which might make Lyle a luxury. Lyle did have two INTs to go with 23 tackles once he replaced Rogers Beckett in the starting lineup); DT Shawn Price (a low priority; just a guy); OT Sammy Williams (his stock went up after stepping in for injured LT Damion McIntosh in the season's final month. Chargers won't overpay, but they want him to return for depth reasons).
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers):
LB Eric Guenther (not tendered as ERFA); WR DeRonnie Pitts (not tendered as ERFA); CB Davis Sanchez (not tendered as ERFA); RB Mukala Sikyala (not tendered as ERFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
DT Leonardo Carson (tendered at $605,000 with 4th-round pick as compensation; he's not stout, but can help collapse the pocket with his quickness); LT Damion McIntosh (tendered at $1.318M with 1st-round pick as compensation; stock went down slightly last year with a persistent ankle ailment, but team likes his upside).
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
G Michael Keathley (tendered at $375,000).
LS David Binn (UFA; $680,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB/$450,000 base guarantee; 2003 cap: $475,000); DE Adrian Dingle (UFA; $4.5M/3 yrs; $1M SB; 2003 cap: $863,333); WR Dondre Gilliam (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); FB Joey Goodspeed (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); CB Kevin House (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); WR Eric Parker (ERFA; $300,000); CB Jerry Wilson (UFA; terms unknown).
WR David Boston (UFA Cardinals; $47.4M/7 yrs, $4M SB/$3M option SB '04/$3.9M base guaranteed '04; 2003 cap: $1.2M); FB Lorenzo Neal (UFA Bengals; $4.2M/3 yrs, $1M SB; 2003 cap: $1.088M); LB Jude Waddy (UFA; terms unknown); QB Cleo Lemon (UFA; terms unknown); WR Tim Baker (UFA; terms uknown).
WR Curtis Conway (cut); OT Ed Ellis (cut); RB Terrell Fletcher (cut); S Rodney Harrison (cut); RB Ronney Jenkins (not tendered as RFA/Raiders; terms unknown); FB Fred McCrary (cut); CB Alex Molden (cut); LB Orlando Ruff (UFA Saints; $3M/3 yrs, $350,000 SB); C Zack Quaccia (cut).
RT Vaughn Parker had a shoulder operation and should be ready for training camp.
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