According to Casey Pearce at chargers.com,
The status of running back and return specialist Darren Sproles is also on the front burner. Sproles is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in two weeks. The Chargers can apply the franchise tag to Sproles if they wish. Doing so would guarantee Sproles a one-year contract worth $6,621,000 in 2009.
Under that situation, other teams would have the opportunity to negotiate with Sproles, but the Chargers would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation should another club reach an agreement with the 5-6 scat-back and the Chargers choose not to match that offer. If the Chargers franchise Sproles, they must do so by Feb. 19, which is next Thursday.
“Darren has said on the record that he will go to the free agent market,” Smith said. “Do the Chargers offer a contract along with the 31 other teams and find out where we go or do the Chargers consider the franchise tag? He can participate in the open market or receive the franchise tag. Stay tuned.”
Other players deserving of mention with the impending free agency period near are Mike Goff, Jeremy Newberry, Igor Olshansky, Jeromey Clary, Malcom Floyd, Cletus Gordon and Shawne Merriman.
The status of LaDainian Tomlinson is also front and center within the minds of Chargers’ fans and the front office.
A.J. Smith has reported that the plans for the Chargers’ offseason will be available by Thursday, Feb. 26th.