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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 12, 2012

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Fixing the roster — nose tackles - Scott Bair
The search for a quality nose tackle could prompt the team to re-sign Garay and add young depth, or let him go in favor of a top-tier free agent. Here's a look at some options from a relatively shallow free-agent pool:

Free Agency 2012: Bargain Hunting - Khaled Elayed
Well, over the years, if the NFL has proven anything it’s that that sometimes personnel men get it wrong. Very wrong. How else do you explain living in a world where Kevin Kolb signed a six year, $65m contract? Or where the Buccaneers re-signed Davin Joseph for the princely sum of $52.5m over seven years after handing Quincy Black a five year, $29m deal despite the fact he’d never played in a three-down role during his NFL career.

Free agency provides Bolts tool to dig out of down period - Kevin Acee
"We were always uncomfortable with the amount," General Manager A.J. Smith said, referring to the $13.7 million one-year salary Jackson would have received as franchise player. "It didn’t make sense with all the things we have to do."

Smith doesn't care where Manning plays, but G.M. still plays bad guy - Kevin Acee
Even as he protested that he could not care less where Peyton Manning ends up, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith still had some fun Saturday while attesting to his continuing rancor toward the First Family of quarterbacks.

Smith, Chargers good at drafting top offensive talent - Christopher Smith
San Diego has used just 39.3 percent of its picks in the first three rounds on offensive players under General Manager A.J. Smith (since 2003). The Chargers have been efficient drafting those players as a league-best 45 percent of them have become Pro Bowlers.

Chargers searching for strong safety, still - Michael Gehlken
In February 2003, the Chargers released their thumper, targeting a safety with more range amid a schematic shift. Nine years and several failed experiments later, the search for a lasting replacement continues.