Chargers free agency updates

While the combines are wrapping up, free agency is right around the corner. The San Diego Chargers will now have a week to get their own house in order before venturing out and seeing who else can help their team. Some players will be back, while others will be unceremoniously dumped. This offseasons purge does not figure to be of the magnitude of '03 when Rodney Harrison was sent packing and Junior Seau followed shortly thereafter. Here is the inside scoop on a few players:

Doug Flutie, originally rumored to be headed back to Canada to play football with his brother, has been asked to restructure.

His agent, Kristen Kuliga, confirmed that, "the Chargers expressed an interest in bringing Doug back. And he is open to that." Kuliga stated she would be talking with Doug by tomorrow to discuss his future in San Diego further. Flutie is slated to make $5.5 million and there is talk of cutting that down to roughly $1 million.

In other news on the big salary front, Marcellus Wiley has not been approached as a candidate to restructure. In fact, his agent Bruce Tollner said he spoke with the "key" people in the Chargers organization and said, "That topic did not come up."

Whether the topic does come up this week remains to be seen. Wiley has a base salary of $6.75 million this year and a cap charge over $8 million. Considering his production over the past two seasons, that seems a little steep.

In the not so pressing category is DeQuincy Scott. Scott is an exclusive rights free agent, giving the Chargers sole rights to haggle with him. After being honored as Co-Lineman of the Year, Scott figures to get a raise. But he is low priority at the present time and his agent, Dr. Ping, does not think talks with him will heat up until the last minute.

Coincidentally, Scott is getting married this weekend and his new contract will be a nice wedding present.

In the surprising category, an NFL insider tells us that, "the Chargers are interested in brining Leon Johnson back. Whether that happens by March 3rd is another question."

Johnson was respectable in his role on special teams subbing for the injured Tim Dwight and Eric Parker. He is a veteran presence who may be looked at as someone who can take an occasional carry, thus prompting the interest.

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Stay tuned for a look at the writers take on all our free agents, done before any word was received on our players.

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