Conway Cut official

Curtis Conway was cut by the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. It became official at an 11 AM press conference. Among the other cuts to become official were offensive tackle Ed Ellis, safety Rodney Harrison, cornerback Alex Molden, running back Terrell Fletcher and fullback Fred McCrary. The Chargers also tendered several restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents. Other intersting tidbits came out of the press conference. Look for the full press conference later today.

Curtis Conway joined the Chargers prior to the 2000 season. His best season with the Chargers came in 2001, when he had 71 catches for 1,125 yards and six touchdowns. He finished the 2002 season with 57 catches for a team-high 852 yards and five touchdowns, but missed two full games and significant parts of four others with a shoulder injury. Conway's three-season totals with the Chargers are 181 catches for 2,689 (14.8 avg.) and 16 touchdowns. He also had 17 carries for 200 yards (11.8 avg.) and three touchdowns.

Injury concerns that have caused Conway to miss part of eight of his eleven seasons were among the concerns Chargers management had. The Chargers now go into the offseason without a proven No. 1 wideout.

"We gave Curtis the opportunity to return, he felt as though not withstanding what we felt to be a very fair competitive opportunity and offer that he could do better somewhere else," said coach Marty Schottenheimer. With the 2003 free agency period beginning Friday, the Chargers announced on Thursday that they had tendered qualifying offers to seven of their own free agents, including two restricted free agents: starting left tackle Damion McIntosh who received a $1.3 million tender, which would cost another team their first round choice if they signed him, and reserve defensive tackle Leonardo Carson who received a tender of $619K, which would cost another team a fourth round selection.

The Chargers made qualifying offers to five "exclusive rights" free agents, including wide receiver Dondre Gilliam, fullback Joey Goodspeed, guard Michael Keathley, wide receiver Eric Parker and cornerback Kevin House. By making qualifying offers to each of the five exclusive rights free agents, the Chargers retained negotiation rights with each player.

The Chargers also chose to not make tender offers to two restricted free agents, running back/kick returner Ronney Jenkins and cornerback Davis Sanchez. Either player can sign with another team without the Chargers receiving compensation.

During the press conference John Butler was asked who they would bring in and he replied, "It remains to be seen who we can get. We will probably get younger." Butler cannot talk specifically about free agents until tonight at 9 PM PST.

Other tidbits

Rogers Beckett is officially in line for a position change. The news was confirmed today by Coach Marty Schottenheimer.

Marty Schottenheimer also confirmed Cory Raymer looks to be the odd man out and will play as a rover on the line saying Raymer would "End up being a swing guy."

Butler confirmed that Ed McGuire is currently working with the agent for Adrian Dingle in hopes they can finalize a deal before the weekend.

Look for the full press conference later today.

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