The Latest Word from San Diego

Randall Godfrey in town. David Boston possibly out of town. The number overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Life for the San Diego Chargers is definitely not boring. <br><br> The matter closest at hand pertains to Godfrey and the latest word has just trickled out.

According to a source close to the situation, Randall Godfrey will be a San Diego Charger within the next couple of hours.

"The deal will not fall apart," said the source. "It's going to happen."

Terms of the deal being constructed were not available but it will span three years.

Godfrey will immediately step into a starter's role with the Chargers playing one of the inside linebacker positions next to Donnie Edwards in the 3-4.

The 6-2 linebacker, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, came to San Diego last night and spoke to Marty Schottenheimer. Today he got the grand tour with AJ Smith and Schottenheimer back in town from Iowa.

Godfrey will provide more veteran leadership to a defense that lacked such a trait after allowing Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison to go. He can teach the rest of the defense to take responsibility for their actions, something he did last year against the Rams when he missed a tackle on Marshall Faulk. Accountability has been lost on the field in San Diego.

Godfrey, an eight year veteran, was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the second of two second-round choices (49th overall) of the 1996 draft. He has experience playing inside and outside linebacker, and had a string of 77 consecutive starts between 1996 and 2001. Injuries have slowed him the past two seasons, but he still remains a force at 245 pounds.

Denis Savage can be reached at

SD Super Chargers Top Stories