Junior Seau Miami Bound

The San Diego Chargers are parting ways with Junior Seau, a man who was the Chargers for thirteen seasons.<br><br> "I think we're all excited and ready to get this over with," Seau said at the Miami airport. "I'm ready to see the players and coaching staff and get acquainted with the Dolphins family."

The Chargers will receive a fifth or sixth round selection in the 2004 draft for 11-time Pro Bowler Junior Seau.

"Obviously, it's been a long wait for all of us," Seau said. "Hopefully, this will be the end to all the questions. To be part of Miami's team would be a bonus."

Seau was given permission to seek a trade last month by the Bolts. Agent Marvin Demoff worked feverishly on a restructured contract that will be finalized today with Miami.

"Wannstedt is a great coach," Seau said. "He has a great team and I'm honored they're interested in me. Hopefully, we can tie this up where we become one."

Seau agreed to defer a $2.7 million bonus he was owed Monday by the Chargers to give both teams more time to complete a deal. NFL rules state a player who restructures his contract cannot be traded for 48 hours, which has delayed completion of the deal until this afternoon. The Dolphins are expected to pay a portion of the bonus Seau is owed.

A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon according to a Miami source.

"For Miami, it's a no-brainer," CBS' Dan Dierdorf said. "Miami is getting real value. His raw emotion takes other guys with them. A situation like what he faces in Miami would be a perfect win-win for Junior and the Dolphins.

"What defensive player wouldn't want to join that group? From a linebacker's standpoint, Zach Thomas does so much of the heavy lifting. What will be a question for Junior is his range. That's what he has to prove -- that he still has the ability to cover ground and make a play."

"You name it, they've got all the ingredients to win a championship here," Seau said.

A physical was performed this morning and the deal has been officially completed. All the terms of the deal have yet to be released.

"There should be nothing that comes up that voids anything that's going on," said Seau, who underwent ankle surgery in January. "The ankle is ready. The injury occurred during the season and I had to fight through that throughout the year. Now, that's in the past. I'm looking forward to playing [healthy]."


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