Michael Turner-RB- Chargers Mar. 31 - 11:23 am et
In addition to the Titans and Bills, the Cowboys and Jets have reportedly shown interest in acquiring restricted free agent Michael Turner.
"Sources" tell the San Diego Union-Tribune that all four clubs are willing to part with their first-round picks, but the Bolts want a first- and third-rounder. This story seems a bit far fetched.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Related: Cowboys, Jets
Chargers' Turner being pursued by Bills, Cowboys, Titans, Jets
By Kevin Acee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
March 31, 2007
The Chargers are dealing with four suitors for backup running back Michael Turner, sources said, and Turner's agent has spoken with at least one of those teams in hopes of getting a long-term deal done.
Buffalo, Dallas, Tennessee and the New York Jets have shown interest in acquiring the restricted free agent. All appear willing to part at least with a first-round draft pick, but sources indicated the Chargers are still seeking two picks in the first and third rounds.
Advertisement The New York Giants, who need a running back, also could enter the fray before next month's draft. A source said yesterday that contrary to numerous media reports, the Green Bay Packers have not shown interest in Turner.
Turner and his agent, Bus Cook, will have much say in where Turner ends up. No team is going to give up draft picks for Turner, 25, without first securing a long-term deal with him.
I know in our mind what it's going to take to get him signed, Cook said yesterday.
The agent denied contact with any teams, but multiple sources said he had spoken with at least one of the interested clubs. That is believed to be the Bills, who pick 12th in the first round and have two third-round picks.
The tender the Chargers placed on Turner earlier this month requires any team that signs him to a free-agent deal to give the Chargers a first-and a third-round pick. The Chargers would also have the right to match any offer Turner received, but with league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson as their starting tailback, they would instead take the draft picks.
As General Manager A.J. Smith knew it would be, the first-and-third tender has been too steep for potential suitors. While Smith is content to keep Turner (at a cost of $2.35 million for the 2007 season) as a fill-in and insurance, he is willing to trade Turner for the right price.
According to sources, the Chargers could be open to a first-rounder this year and a third-rounder next year, or a third this year and a first next year. Any team signing Turner as a free agent would have to give up the first and third in this year's draft, which would nearly wipe out the first day of its draft.
Smith declined to comment other than to say the price is a one and a three right now. I'm flexible to all thoughts.
Turner has not been attending the Chargers' voluntary workouts the past two weeks for fear of injuring himself before a trade can be worked out.
The Chargers would lose Turner for virtually nothing after the '07 season. On the other side, Turner and Cook also must decide whether they want to risk injury while playing out this season.
Philip Rivers is limping but doing it in a tennis shoe, and he expects to be full-go at the team's minicamp the first weekend of May.
I'm doing everything but run, he said of his participation in the team's voluntary workouts. I could run, but there's no reason to push it.
Rivers, who sprained his right foot in the regular-season finale and reinjured it in the team's playoff game, was in a cast for more than a month and then a protective boot until March 16.
I was a little nervous because you never know, Rivers said. But I 100 percent will be ready by May 4.
Kevin Acee: (619) 293-1857; firstname.lastname@example.org