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San Diego Chargers Daily Links - March 19, 2012

Gaither earned contract, now must prove himself - Kevin Acee
What Gaither did for five games almost saved a season, probably spared the health of a franchise quarterback and definitely salvaged the tremendous promise of his own career.

Can’t be unhappy with Chargers moves - Nick Canepa
Smith definitely had a plus week after a minus start. He has done something. And so many of his peers have not. March is not a month for the meek or the stupid. The meek do nothing and the stupid pay the price.

Tolbert likely gone, Whitehurst back, Bibgy signed - Michael Gehlken
All along, the Chargers braced for the possible break-up, keeping contact with Chiefs running back Jackie Battle. "Four or five" other running backs, a team source said, are also in the mix.

Versatile McMichael returning to Chargers - Michael Gehlken
McMichael is coming back for more, agreeing Saturday to a two-year deal. The 32-year-old is touted for his versatility and attitude toward the role required, reinventing himself as an all-around football player since entering the league in 2002.

Mike Tolbert is visiting Carolina - Bill Williamson
If the visit goes well it is not out of the question that Tolbert signs with the Panthers in the next 24 hours. Unless there is a dramatic change of direction, it appears Tolbert’s days with the Chargers are over.

AFC West shuffling continues - Bill Williamson
When quarterback Brady Quinn signed with Kansas City Chiefs, he continued a trend this offseason of free agency jumps within the AFC West. Let’s review the moves:

Would Marcus McNeill fit with Chiefs? - Bill Williamson
McNeill maintains he is now healthy following last season, which was cut short due to a neck injury last season. The Chargers cut him because he was owed a huge signing bonus. Interestingly, McNeill’s replacement is Jared Gaither, who was cut by the Chiefs during last season.

All signs point to Tolbert moving on - Scott Bair
A source said the Chargers and Tolbert's camp carried out an open line of communication throughout the week, but the contract negotiations broke down Friday morning over financing.

Quartet with Baltimore ties reunited - Christopher Smith
Johnson remembers Barnes for his athleticism, and now the two may share the right outside linebacker position. Johnson’s presence means Barnes will not have to play as many snaps as he did a year ago when Shaun Phillips and Larry English were hurt, which should give him more energy to devote to rushing the passer.

SS Bigby joins secondary - Christopher Smith
The NFC Defensive Player of the Month in December 2007, Bigby made four interceptions as Green Bay went 3-1 and secured the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. A shoulder injury cut short his ’08 season, but he started for the Packers again in ’09.