However, because of Parker's injury history and prohibitive salary, the Chargers have failed to entice any teams into pulling the trigger (click here to hear Scout.com Senior NFL Reporter Adam Caplan explain why the Bolts are struggling to move Parker in this podcast by The Orange and Brown Report).
So what can the Chargers do to make sure they don't have to lose Parker without any compensation? Rather than seeking a second-day pick in 2009, the team should settle for a compensatory pick in 2010.
WR Eric Parker
It may seen like landing a late-round pick two years from now is of little consequence, but history tells a different story.
In 2002, the Chargers traded wide receiver Trevor Gaylor for a seventh-round pick in the 2004 draft. That pick was used to select Shane Olivea, who went on to start 57 games in his four years in San Diego. If the Chargers can get similar value for Parker, they should jump at the opportunity.
It behooves all parties involved to resolve Parker's situation quickly. Parker is one of the hardest working and classiest players in San Diego's locker room and deserves better than to be left flapping in the wind as trade bait.
The Chargers should steal an idea from the best-run front office in professional sports, the San Antonio Spurs. ESPN.com's Chad Ford reported prior to the NBA draft that the Spurs sent an email to every team in the NBA, letting them know the No. 26 overall pick was available in a trade.
The Chargers should send an email to every team in the NFL, letting them know that Parker is available for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2010- a pick that would become a sixth-rounder if he plays in all 16 games. That is the best way to give Parker a chance to compete for significant playing time, and to give the Chargers a chance to get a valuable asset in return.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.