Chargers trade talk the buzz at Senior Bowl

Smith is a shrewd trader

Though there's still a chill in the air the weather cleared in Mobile for the morning's practice as the North took the field.  A full compliment of general managers, coaches and scouts were on hand and there was plenty of news swirling in the air, including the San Diego Chargers and a trade brewing.

Sources familiar with the San Diego Chargers thinking feel Michael Turner will be traded to the New York Jets for the team's pick in round one. 

The Chargers will tender Turner the maximum amount and will trade him for nothing less than a first rounder.  Speaking to people familiar with the Chargers around Mobile you get the feeling the deal is done. 

One sticking point could be the Jets, or any team who desires the acquisition of Turner, coming to terms on a long term contract with the running back.

The Chargers, meanwhile, will be on the lookout for another running back to take his place, preferrably a player with the same big, bruising style to compliment LaDainian Tomlinson. Finding that player at the Senior Bowl could be an option with a player like Penn State running back Tony Hunt on the field.

The Jets were very busy with another team Tuesday morning as it seems the franchise will fill one of their two coaching vacancies with an assistant from Tampa Bay.  Mike Tannenbaum and Terry Bradway were huddled before practice with Buccaneer coaches, intensely questioning them.  More on this as it comes in.

As usual the Kansas City Chiefs are very active here in Mobile.  One position the team is targeting at the Senior Bowl is center as they hope to come away with a developmental prospect in the draft.  And a player they really like is Ryan Kalil.  They feel the system Kalil played in at USC lends itself to an easy transition in the Chiefs style of offense.

The Seattle Seahawks were actively scouting the backs today and came away impressed with two of the bigger players at that position.

Seattle loved Brian Leonard of Rutgers and the scouts on hand took almost a full page of notes on him.  The other player they liked, and one who had a terrific practice, was Tony Hunt of Penn State.

The team also liked Amobi Okoye.  So much so that the Seahawk scouts who were watching the running backs looked halfway down the field and were commenting on Okoye's performance in drills.

Detroit had a scouts follow the linebackers but openly expressed an interest in defensive lineman Adam Carriker.  The team feels he won't be around for them in the second round and they'd need to do some maneuvering in order to select Carriker.

The Bills scouted the receivers hard this morning but let it be known the real wide out talent resides on the South roster.

Garrett Wolfe will be leaving with an injury and is going to be replaced by Thomas Clayton of Kansas State.

When discussing Penn St. RB Tony Hunt Tuesday, one scout said, "he made some money these two days." Hunt did a good job of running with power and often punished would be tacklers.

Many NFL personnel men around the league seemed to be shocked that the Oakland Raiders hired USC OC Lane Kiffin as their head coach. Some around the league are wondering if the trend of hiring 30-something head coaches will continue in the future.

The comments from some NFL scouts sitting in the stands in regard to Pittsburgh QB Tyler Palko weren't flattering to say the least. Once scout pointed to ex NFL QB Jim Zorn (now a quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks) and said Zorn, at his age, has a stronger arm than Palko.

The general consensus on Rutgers FB Brian Leonard is that he'll have to put on 15-20 pounds if he wants to succeed at the next level. 

Indianapolis Colts may be preparing to play with starting CB Nick Harper for the last time when they take on the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl. Harper, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent come March, is probably on his way out. A team source points out that the team spent two high picks in the 2005 draft (first round for CB Marlin Jackson and second round on CB Kelvin Hayden) and both players need to get on the field more. Harper, who turns 33 at the start of next season, would make a solid nickel back for another team.

Here are a few other players teams were interested in:

New York Jets -Tony Hunt

Browns - Marshall Yanda, Aaron Rouse, Tony Hunt, Josh Wilson, Drew Stanton, Daymeion Hughes, Ryan Harris, Adam Carriker, Dan Mozes, Brian Leonard.

Dolphins - Kolby Smith 

Vikings - Brian Leonard 

Redskins - Marcus McCauley, Daymeion Hughes 

Saints - Troy Smith 

Panthers - Anthony Spencer, Marcus McCauley 

Patriots - Stewart Bradley, Rhema McKnight 

Bengals - Tony Hunt, Victor Abiamiri 

Ravens - Mason Crosby, Josh Beekman 

Chiefs - Ryan Harris

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