Trading Places

A.J. Smith claims he will not trade either Donnie Edwards or Hanik Milligan for less than market value. Still, he realizes that moving both players before the season starts is his top priority. Not only would their continued stay in limbo become a distraction, but there are young players behind both who would benefit from the extra snaps in training camp.

Even though both are ready to play the 2006 season for the Chargers:

"My teammates and my coaches know what to expect out of me," he said.

"You are out there watching guys like LT work, how their love for the game is and kind of just buying in, pulling information from other players like Donnie Edwards. The goal is just to get stronger, faster, smarter and just prepare myself as much as possible to help the team as much as I can next year and get the Chargers a Championship," said Milligan.

. . .keeping locker room drama away may be vital to the on-field success.

Because the draft has long since passed, the only way that trading Edwards and Milligan can boost the talent level of the 2006 Chargers is via player-for-player trades. With that in mind, here are a few possible scenarios for moving each player.

The Chargers could trade Donnie Edwards for…

Chris Liwienski, OG, Minnesota Vikings

This trade makes sense for the Chargers because it provides their interior line with some veteran depth, something that is sorely lacking as of now. The Vikings need a speedy linebacker of Edwards' ilk for their new cover-two defense.

Elton Brown, OG, Arizona Cardinals

Brown is an ascending player who would push for time immediately, and who has the potential to be dominant. The Cardinals have the depth to move him, and Edwards would be a huge upgrade over the very average Orlando Huff.

Andre Woolfolk, CB, Tennessee Titans

Woolfolk has been bothered by injuries and inconsistency, but this former first-round draft pick is a terrific athlete and a big-play threat. The Titans would love to pair Edwards with fellow stalwart linebackers Keith Bulluck and David Thornton.

The Chargers could trade Hanik Milligan for…

Derrick Strait, CB, New York Jets

The Chargers would do this deal because Strait is a complete player who is smooth in coverage and comes up to defend the run. Milligan has been in the league longer than any of the current Jets safeties, and his physical play could help their poor run defense.

Matt Ware, CB, Eagles

Ware can play cornerback or safety, contributes on special teams, and has spent the last two years learning behind a pair of Pro Bowl cornerbacks. The Eagles' kick coverage unit ranked in the league's bottom half last season, and Milligan could help rectify that.

DeJuan Groce, CB, St. Louis

Groce is undersized and entering the last year of his contract, but he has elite speed and can return punts as well. The Rams' defense has been plagued for years by sloppy tackling and soft play, and could sorely use the services of the hard-hitting Milligan.


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