Will the Chargers re-sign Florence?

It has long been assumed that Drayton Florence would leave the Chargers at the onset of free agency...but you know what they say about assumptions. Michael Lombardo is in Mobile, Ala., where he uncovers the inside scoop on the Chargers' plans and reports on another team eager to go with the Flo'.

A team official tells Michael Lombardo that the Chargers have not dismissed the idea of bringing back Drayton Florence. The team will likely allow him to test the waters in free agency before making an offer, assuming he survives the first wave.

Florence finished the regular season with the second-worst burn ratio in the NFL, but redeemed himself in the playoffs. In three postseason games, he intercepted two passes and helped limit Randy Moss to one reception for 18 yards in the AFC Championship.

The Chargers are not willing to engage in a bidding war for Florence. However, coaches were impressed with how he handled the nickel-back job after being demoted from the starting lineup in Week 12.

Additionally, it takes more than two corners to anchor a secondary in today's pass-happy NFL. The Chargers had three corners on the field for approximately 60 percent of their defensive snaps last season.

The Chargers had hoped that supplemental draft pick Paul Oliver would be able to fill the nickel role in 2008. However, he failed to escape the inactive list as a rookie and may not be ready to step into such a crucial role next season.

If the Chargers decide they want to re-sign Florence, they will have competition.

A high-ranking coach from the Dallas Cowboys tells SDBoltReport.com that his team is "very interested" in Florence.

"We would love to have him in Dallas," the coach revealed.

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips coached Florence for three seasons when Phillips was the defensive coordinator in San Diego. Also, former Chargers defensive backs coach Brian Stewart is now the defensive coordinator in Dallas.

Stewart was always a vocal supporter of Florence's. If the Chargers wait too long to act, Stewart could get his old pupil back.

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal, Shaun Phillips and others for Sixthman Communications.

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