Amberly Richardson reports live from Indianapolis that the Chargers continue targeting offensive…
Mruczkowski Inks Three-Year Deal
Mruczkowski only inked his new deal after hearing from the coaching staff that increased playing time is in his near future. That should come after the 2008 season, when Mike Goff, 32, is expected to leave as an unrestricted free agent.
The Chargers are in the process of hammering out several mega-deals—Igor Olshansky, Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman, Marcus McNeill—and there is not enough money left over to make Goff a legitimate offer.
That means Mruczkowski can finally land the starting job he has been angling for since he broke into the NFL.
"After being around guys like Nick Hardwick, Mike Goff, Kris Dielman, Marcus McNeill and the rest of my teammates, I didn't want to go anywhere else to play," Mruczkowski said. "We've got a great group of guys here and a great team. For me, it didn't make any sense to go somewhere else."
Mruczkowski's contract gums up the works for Shane Olivea, whose future with the team is inside at guard. With the top three guards from last season all back in the fold, Olivea will likely be relegated to backup tackle duty next season as he waits for Goff's contract to run its course.
The Chargers will listen to offers for Olivea but are not expecting to move him via trade. The contract extension he signed last season was very cap friendly, with remaining base salaries of $2 million (2008), $2.5 million (2009), $2.65 million (2010) and $3.075 million (2011).
It is all part of A.J. Smith's plan to compile enviable depth, and inking a new deal with "Mooch" was a big step in that direction.
"Scott is a young player who we've seen improve during his three seasons in our program," Smith said. "We think he's got a bright future and we wanted to keep him in the fold. His work ethic is outstanding and he takes the game very seriously. He wants to get better and we're glad that he wants to continue his development with us."
Looking for the real scoop on Scott Mruczkowski?
--Click here for an interview with Gregg Brandon, who was Mruczkowski's coach at Bowling Green.
--Click here for an exclusive interview with Mruczkowski from his rookie season.
--Click here for an exclusive audio interview with Mruczkowki after he made his only career start in a 2006 game against the Oakland Raiders.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. He has followed the Chargers for more than 14 years and covered the team since 2003.
SDBoltReport.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More