Chargers bring in two, possibly three?

<i>Updated 8:28 AM PST</i>- Do dreams really come true? Since the offseason began, the hope has been to unite Dwight Smith with the San Diego Chargers. While the music is sweet inside the ear, does it actually ring true? Two other players will be in town on Thursday, Bhawoh Jue and Allen Rossum.

Those close to Smith report the following teams expressing preliminary interest, "The Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested."

Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope after all for the Chargers of San Diego.

With cap room to spare, the Bolts have claimed they will play it close to the vest and do a lot of looking to begin free agency. If there was one splash to be made in free agency, many fans would love to see it be someone of the caliber of Dwight Smith.

"We were always were on the same teams," Smith said of his connection with Gates. "We went to the state championship in basketball my senior year."

A chance to be reunited may be in the mix, if A.J. Smith is willing to pony up some dollars and look past some troubles.

He was arrested early Tuesday and charged with a pulling a pellet gun on two fans, clouding the possibility of the Bolts adding him. D. Smith also pleaded guilty to pulling a gun on a motorist in 2003.

Dwight Smith has expressed the desire to be paid in the realm of the top cornerbacks on the market and his play over the past four years puts among the best at the safety position.

After the exile of Jerry Wilson, the Bolts would love to add someone with the experience and range D. Smith provides but the cost may quickly scare them off.

D. Smith has 12 interceptions over the past three years with 19 passes defensed and 197 tackles over the same time span.

On Thursday morning, the Chargers put any pursuit of D. Smith on hold. "The Chargers are one of three teams which expressed the desire to visit with the safety have declined further discussions at this time," a league source said. With the Chargers entertaining Bhawoh Jue, a safety that was with the Green Bay Packers last year, they may be seeking to go with a cheaper alternative.

Jue, a converted corner, was the Packers' Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2001.

During his rookie season, where he played cornerback, Jue intercepted two passes and contributed 46 tackles. Jue had 42 tackles, one interception and four passes defensed in 2004.

"He is someone can very easily play man-to-man on the slot," former Packers defensive coordinator and current Broncos secondary coach, Bob Slowik said. "He played safety as a rookie and performed well under the circumstances. He's bright enough, he's tough enough, he's athletic enough and he just needs some time."

"The biggest thing for (Jue) is to make plays and finish plays on game day."

Jue was in town visiting the Chargers Wednesday night and will meet with the staff again on Thursday.

Allen Rossum will also be in town on Thursday and don't expect the Pro Bowl returner to leave town without a contract.

Sources close to Rossum confirm that "the Chargers are the frontrunners and it will be a surprise if he leaves without a deal."

Rossum returns both punts and kickoffs and is a quality veteran and high character player coveted by the team.


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