Contract updates of Chargers' draft picks

Every year the crunch hits as the hour nears the new dawn – getting players under contract before training camp. This year, unless you are the Chicago Bears, things have been even slower in moving forward. The Chargers are no different.

The usual barometer with signing picks comes from the bottom up – the second day picks up to first day guys.

And San Diego hasn't made much of a mark in getting Jimmy Martin, Chase Page or Jeromey Clary under contract.

Martin, a seventh round pick out of Virginia Tech and the Bolts' final selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, started 45 consecutive games for the Hokies and will likely be signed in the next week.

But, talks right now are in the first stages of negoatiations.

"We just got going," agent Dave Butz admitted of his client. "Nothing new to report.

Page, also taken in the seventh round, is slated to play defensive tackle within the Chargers 3-4, hoping to take the top backup spot behind Jamal Williams. He played defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive guard and tight end during his collegiate career at North Carolina.

The prognosis for Page is the same as Martin, according to his agent, Cary Fabrikant.

"It should be done before camp," Fabrikant said.

Clary, a three-time Academic All-American out of Kansas State, will compete for time at offensive tackle in camp and his agent, Richard Katz, understands the importance of getting his client in camp on time.

"We are talking," agent Richard Katz said. "I certainly don't want him missing any time."

When millions dollars are at stake, it often means no deals are done until backs are against the wall. Unlike the Bears, however, talks from San Diego have just begun. While there are few who believe second day picks will hold out any time soon, it does make one wonder about Antonio Cromartie and Marcus McNeill coming to terms in time for the first day of camp.


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