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Friday, April 2, 2010
Chargers lock up Sproles

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Four days after showing up early for the Chargers’ offseason workout program, running back/returner Darren Sproles signed his restricted free-agent tender.

He was given a first- and third-round tender. He could still be traded by San Diego, but it appears he is focused on playing in San Diego this season.

San Diego gave four other players -- Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill and Shawne Merriman – were also given the high tender. None of those players have signed their tender. Jackson is not expected to attend the offseason workout program, which begins in earnest Monday. Many restricted free agents who have not signed their tenders are staying away from conditioning programs throughout the league. It is not known if Floyd, McNeill and Merriman will attend Monday or not.

Meanwhile, LaDainian Tomlinson’s complaints about his final days in San Diego have caught the attention of the Chargers. This is too bad. Tomlinson will be remembered as a Charger for the rest of his life. It’s too bad petty comments are clouding his legacy.