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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 4, 2013

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers new & notes from around the web.


Should Chargers pursue Ryan Clady? - Bill Williamson
Again, such moves are rare and I‘d be surprised if San Diego were to make such a move. But it could be worth, at least, exploring. Great players such as Clady don’t often come available and the opportunity to weaken a rival is also a rare opportunity.

Lewin Career Forecast 2013 - Aaron Schatz
Or at least, he would have, except that there was one other player who had an even higher projection than Griffin: Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. The idea of Wilson as one of the strongest prospects ever seemed ridiculous at the time. We dubbed Wilson "The Asterisk" and tried to explain why his projection might be incorrect.

Prospect Profile: Tavon Austin - Ricky Henne
Simply put, Austin is one of the elite playmakers in this year’s draft. Blessed with tremendous speed, he posted the second best 40-yard dash time at this year’s combine with a blazing 4.34. But while some players are simply workout warriors and are not able to translate that to the field, Austin plays as quick and fast as his metrics indicate.

Ranking AFC West quarterbacks - Tom Krasovic (paywall)
I can’t bury him even though he made too many unforced errors, several of them critical, in the last two years. At 31, he should be able to rebound, provided the Chargers build him a decent offensive line. For most of his career, Rivers was too much of a playmaker for me to relegate him now behind the caretaker Smith and the in-decline Carson Palmer.

America's Team? It's not the Patriots - Tom Krasovic (paywall)
Given the cast of stumblebums in the AFC East, America could be looking at five more years of Brady and the Patriots in the AFC playoffs. The Patriots are a reality show that refuses to die, even as many watchers want to give them the boot.

Chargers open to pay cuts for roster room - Michael Gehlken (paywall)
A number of marquee NFL players restructured their contracts this week, increasing the guaranteed portion, which is prorated over the life of a deal, and lowering the base salary, in effect providing their team added immediate cap space.