Draft picks and early schedule news…

The Chargers were one of 16 teams awarded 2 compensatory draft picks.  San Diego now has 3 fourth-round picks in the upcoming draft.  Pursuant to league rules, teams who have lost “more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year” is eligible for these compensatory picks.  Since the Chargers lost Michael Turner to Atlanta and Drayton Florence to Jacksonville, and were not able to “replace” them, so to speak, they were given the extra selections.  With the 2 additional picks, the Chargers have 8 total (16th, 78th, 113th, 133th, 134th overall, plus a selection in each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th rounds.)

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San Diego will open the 2009 season on a Monday night vs. Oakland.  The rest of the schedule will be announced sometime in April.