Chargers Notebook

The San Diego Chargers placed a priority on bolstering their defensive line, but largely ignored a pressing need on the offensive side of the ball -- namely offensive tackle. The Bolts also looked past the need for a wide receiver. Were they thinking Mike Williams should there be a supplemental draft?

BEST PICK: Philip Rivers -- It appears the Chargers pulled a sweet one in what they got in the Manning-Rivers trade. But the real key is how Rivers performs. And the consensus among most is Rivers, and not Manning or Ben Roethlisberger, is the most ready to step in and play this season. If so, the deal really looks good. Rivers, to his credit, has a quick release. And he might need it considering the front line he'll be asked to play behind.

COULD SURPRISE: Dave Ball is a classic overachiever, and he might do the same in the NFL. His height is OK at 6-feet-5, but at only 276 pounds he's not going to bull rush too many players. But that lack of bulk doesn't slow him down, or his motor. He has been a surprise performer at every level, and that could continue. He set the single-season and career sack marks at UCLA.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said Drew Brees will compete with Philip Rivers for the starting job. Brees is 4-16 in his last 20 starts.

Schottenheimer, on if he has ever coached a player named Igor -- as in Igor Olshansky, a native of Ukraine. "I don't believe I have," he said.

The Chargers will bring in their rookies for a weekend of instruction May 7-9.

Philip Rivers' agent is looking to get No. 1 money instead of No. 4 compensation for his client. "Philips is in an enviable position contractually," said Jimmy Sexton, his agent.

The Chargers increased their chances of hitting the jackpot in the supplemental draft by snatching the Giants' pick. There's a chance they could snag WR Mike Williams in the weighted draft if Williams and RB Maurice Clarett are eventually allowed into the league this season.

Schottenheimer hinted the team would be active in looking for offensive linemen once the June 1 cuts arrive.

Carlos Polk was officially signed to a one year, $628,000 deal on Monday. Polk has been a special teams standout since his arrival, but has not made a difference on the field. Zeke Moreno, meanwhile, is in jeopardy of losing his spot with the team.

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