Chargers Announce Tenders, Sign 2

The Chargers announced Wednesday they have signed two players to contracts, offered tenders to 10 free agents, and will allow five others to walk in free agency.

However large, the transaction wave had little splash of surprise.

Wide receiver Malcom Floyd was tendered with a first- and third-round draft pick, Eric Weddle was tendered with a first rounder, and linebacker Antwan Applewhite, tackle Jeromey Clary and running back Mike Tolbert were hit with second rounders.

Other restricted free agents tendered were cornerback Dante Hughes (third round), linebacker Antwan Barnes and safety Paul Oliver (fourth), and linebacker Brandon Siler (seventh).

Exclusive rights free agent tackle Brandyn Dombrowski was also tendered.

Under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement, teams must compensate the Chargers with the attached draft pick(s) to acquire a tendered restricted free agent.

It is possible, and perhaps likely, that a bulk of the Chargers' restricted free agents will become unrestricted under a new CBA, which could redefine the number of years in the league a player must accumulate before qualifying for unrestricted free agency.

In a media release, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said the team is "moving forward under the current agreement, which is what we have to work with at this time."

As expected, wide receiver Legedu Naanee, recently arrested in Indianapolis for public intoxication and resisting arrest, was the most notable name not to be tendered. Linebacker Darry Beckwith, fullback Billy Latsko, long snapper Ryan Neill ands safety Pat Watkins will join Naanee in the free agency line when their contracts expire Mar. 3.

Defensive end Ogemdi Nwagbuo and linebacker James Holt were both signed to one-year deals.

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