Chargers Sign Five Draft Picks
Craig Davis will compete for a starting spot.
Craig Davis will compete for a starting spot.
SDBoltReport.com
Posted Jul 23, 2007


The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms with five drafts picks, leaving second-round pick Eric Weddle as the only unsigned member of this year’s rookie class. Craig Davis agreed to a five-year deal while Anthony Waters, Paul Oliver, Legedu Naanee and Brandon Siler all received four-year pacts. The slew of signings occurred just one day before rookies are to report to training camp.

It appears Eric Weddle may not be signed in time for the start of camp. The players taken directly above and below him (Kevin Kolb and Zach Miller, respectively) have yet to sign. Weddle’s agent, David Canter, refused to comment on the negotiations.

“I can’t talk about that, given the sensitive nature of negotiations,” Canter said.

Getting Craig Davis signed is the day’s biggest coup. Davis has a chance to start opposite Vincent Jackson and will need a full camp’s repetitions if he is to have a realistic chance at unseating incumbent Eric Parker.

"The thing that jumped out at me is he's got great hands," said Head Coach Norv Turner of Davis. "He has great run-after-the-catch ability.”

Linebackers Anthony Waters and Brandon Siler will provide depth behind first-time starters Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm. Waters and Siler are expected to contribute on special teams as well.

Adam Caplan of Scout.com is reporting that Siler signed a four-year deal with base salaries of $285,000, $370,000, $460,000 and $550,000. He also receives a signing bonus of approximately $43,000.

Supplemental pick Paul Oliver signed a four-year deal with base salaries identical to Siler’s. Oliver receives a signing bonus of about $408,000. Signing supplemental picks can be tricky, as a team’s rookie cap does not increase to accommodate supplemental selections.

Oliver will be competing for a role in San Diego's dime defense this season. However, the former University of Georgia standout defensive back should be able to compete for role in their nickel defense in 2008 since the club isn't expected to re-sign Drayton Florence.

Legedu Naanee also signed in time for camp, which will give Coach Turner another offensive toy to tinker with. Coach Turner used Mini Camps and offseason coaching sessions to design special packages for the versatile Naanee and plans on playing him at wide receiver and tight end in addition to his roles on special teams.

“My impact will be primarily as a receiver, but I think they want me to play in a lot of different spots just to create some good match-ups. When I play tight end they are using me mostly as a pass catcher,” Naanee said.

Rookies are to report to training camp at Chargers Park on Tuesday, July 24. The full squad will report on Saturday, July 28.



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