The day's other shocker was the release of Jamal Williams, the former Pro Bowler and anchor of San Diego's 3-4 defense. Williams missed the final 15 games last season with a triceps injury and will be 34 years old by the time the 2010 season begins. He was scheduled to earn a $1 million bonus later this month and a $5 million salary this season. It is possible the Chargers could bring him back at a discounted price.
RB Michael Bennett
Osgood, an elite special teams players, is coming off another Pro Bowl season. This is the second time in the last five years the Chargers have provided the AFC's special-teams rep and not brought him back the following season; it also happened after the 2005 season with FS Hanik Milligan.
The Chargers also tendered four other players in addition to the Big Five listed above. Jeromey Clary bagged a second-round tender while Travis Johnson (first), Charlie Whitehurst (third) and Tim Dobbins (fifth) each got original-round tenders.
It was also announced that DL Antonio Garay, who joined the team late last season, agreed to a two-year contract.
San Diego has four unrestricted free agents it will consider re-signing: TEs Brandon Manumaleuna and Kris Wilson and DLs Alfonso Boone and Ian Scott.
Mike Tolbert and Antwan Applewhite are exclusive-rights free agents and will return.
The Chargers provided injury updates on 10 players. Only five of the players face extended rehab periods. Those players are Kevin Burnett (neck, 3-5 months), Vaughn Martin (ankle, 12 weeks), Legedu Naanee (foot, 12 weeks), Mike Scifres (hernia, 6-12 weeks) and C.J. Spillman (shoulder, 3-4 months).
Three players already completed their surgeries and the subsequent rehab: Luis Castillo (shoulder), Jacques Cesaire (elbow, knee) and Nick Hardwick (shoulder).
Scott Mruczkowski (elbow, 2-4 weeks) and Louis Vasquez (knee, 6-8 weeks) were also on the injury update.
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