The San Diego Chargers chose former Alabama Crimson Tide right-tackle D.J. Fluker with the 11th pick in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft. Fluker is the only player chosen by San Diego to not sign a deal yet.
According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, “A money amount isn’t the holdup on Fluker’s four-year deal, which carries an option for a fifth. It’s the offset language, a source familiar with negotiations said Saturday.”
Gehlken continued by saying “Fluker’s deal likely won’t be finalized until a bracket of draft picks surrounding his No. 11 slot, such as the No. 9 and No. 13 or the No. 10 and No. 14, have signed their deals. That effectively will set a benchmark for whether or not offset language should exist for Fluker.”
If San Diego releases Fluker, the front office could owe him $500,000 if he has $2 million left on his deal with offset language. If there is no offset language and Fluker is released, San Diego could owe him $2 million.
I have no doubt that it is only a matter of time before San Diego signs Fluker and he will be a welcomed addition to a team that allowed 49 sacks last season, which ranked fourth in the NFL.
There had been talk from St. Louis Rams all-time great Marshall Faulk that Fluker could play left tackle which San Diego needed an upgrade over instead of RT, but Fluker will more than likely play at RT.
According to Gehlken, Fluker is working with his rookie teammates at a minicamp that will end tomorrow. Although San Diego’s front office went after former Kansas City Chiefs RT Eric Winston, this happened before the draft and San Diego did not sign him. So the starting job at RT is Fluker’s to lose.
Jeromey Clary was San Diego’s primary RT from 2008-2012, so the team has high hopes for Fluker because LT was a bigger need and there is talk of moving Clary to one of the guard spots.