Chargers Seek Trade, Possible Signings

Chargers General manager AJ Smith talked about sitting back to watch the market, but the market has just received two players that could be called upon to provide leadership to the youthful San Diego Chargers squad. Meanwhile, the David Boston saga moves on towards a potential deal.

The Carolina Panthers released Todd Steussie on Thursday. The left tackle started all 16 games during the regular season for the Panthers and also their four playoff games. With the Chargers devoid of any left tackle, Steussie should become priority number one.

Steussie, 33, had two years remaining on a five-year contract and was to count $5.8 million against this year's salary cap. By releasing Steussie, the Panthers free up $1.3 million in cap room.

The Chargers will need to make a strong push for Steussie as the Miami Dolphins are also expected to show interest. Miami signed John St. Clair on Thursday which could push signing Steussie back on their priority list. At 33, Steussie may not be the same player he was when he was drafted in 1994, but he would provide solid play for several years. Signing him would also allow the team to explore different avenues in the NFL Draft in April.

Another interesting name, John Lynch, was made available Thursday. He spoke at length in an emotional press conference about his eleven year career in Tampa Bay. He did not rule out playing for San Diego and they are expected to take a look, but he did mention the Chargers did not appear to be close to a Championship and that was a goal of his. He continued by adding they may be closer than at first glance.

Lynch may have lost a step. But he would provide a stable influence to a secondary full of youth and promise. Teams have already been in contact with him and the New York Jets appear to be the frontrunners according to an AFC personnel director. Lynch would reunite with Herm Edwards in New York.

Dave Wannstedt reached out and spoke to David Boston on Thursday. Boston also talked to Jerry Sullivan, his former position coach with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Dolphins have talked directly to the Chargers and to Boston's agent, and a deal could be finalized by Monday.

Besides Miami, Tampa Bay, Oakland, San Francisco and Baltimore have inquired about him. Bruce Allen, GM of the Bucs, denied reports the Bucs are interested in acquiring wide receiver David Boston from San Diego.

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