Trade winds blowing

The popular thought linked in trade talk was the Chargers dealing one of their quarterbacks. With that nipped, the Bolts are actually pursuing another deal that would ship a player out of town.

We have been told that cornerback Sammy Davis is on the block as the Chargers try to part ways with the former first round pick.

Davis has suffered through various injuries since being selected 30th overall in 2003.

The former Aggie collected 26 tackles in 2005, 11 coming in one game, with a sack. He has three interceptions through three years with the club.

Tackling has always been an issue with Davis and he has never been physical, leading some to believe injuries will continue to haunt him. Davis even lost the nickel role to Jamar Fletcher last year and was fourth on the depth chart.

Will anyone take him and what will they offer for his services is the real question.

The contingency plan is going hard after Fletcher if they can clear Davis from the roster. Fletcher has always been a high priority but the team has felt priced out of the market – especially with Davis, Drayton Florence and Quentin Jammer on the roster. If Davis is gone, the value of Fletcher goes up – and they were extremely happy with his play last year.

Also, there appears to be some softening in the stance that general manager A.J. Smith took on one of his restricted free agents.

The Bolts have not ruled out re-signing Courtney Van Buren and was scheduled to meet with his agent this week to discuss bringing him back.

Smith had said they would be going in another direction and he would not be tendered.

A source called the situation "50-50" on a deal being consummated. Van Buren has twice been placed on injured reserve in his three years as a Charger, because of a knee injury in 2004 and again in '05 with a similar injury.

Van Buren, a former third round pick in 2003 out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the offensive tackle prospect was once considered a fixture on the right side.


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