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D.J. Fluker signs with Chargers

D.J. Fluker AP

The Chargers have signed all of their draft picks.

San Diego announced the signing of tackle D.J. Fluker on Wednesday, which puts all six 2013 draft picks under contract. Kim Jones of the NFL Network reports that the 11th-overall pick’s deal is worth $11.4 million over four years with a $6.6 million signing bonus. As with all first-round picks picked outside the top 10, there’s an option for a fifth year at the average salary of the 3rd-25th highest paid players at the position.

Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune also reports that Fluker’s contract has offset language that would allow the Chargers to avoid paying out the entire amount of guaranteed money in the deal if Fluker’s cut before the end of his deal and signs with another team. Such offsets have been a bone of contention in many contract negotiations with first-round picks in the last couple of years.

The Chargers are hoping there’s no need for those offsets to come into play as they’re looking to Fluker as part of the foundation for an improved offensive line after years of struggles up front offensively.

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6 Responses to “D.J. Fluker signs with Chargers”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    Still need a good rookie wage scale in place, these contracts are ridiculous. Too many busts walk away with too much cash, and that is just not good for the sport or for business.

    Why is the NFL and all of the owners allowing some of these losers to get rich when they don’t contribute to deserve the lavish pay?

    It’s rhetorical as I understand how this works; this is not an inquiry as much as it is additional venting. The answer is because fools like DeMaurice Smith and Goodell have too much power and influence, and their competing and imperfect agendas instigate this whole mess.

  2. chawks1 says: Jun 5, 2013 5:15 PM

    Seriously? They do have a rookie wage scale. Sam Bradford was the last one to get PAID as a first overall. Now the first round picks barely get paid half of what they used to. No more JaMarcus Russell’s walking around with $100 million or whatever his rediculous contract was….Ever since the new CBA they do have a rookie wage scale…

  3. dasmol says: Jun 5, 2013 6:35 PM

    What took so long? They must have been waiting for me to make my final ticket payment, which I did today. Coincidence? I think not.

  4. ripseau says: Jun 5, 2013 9:54 PM

    Hows he doing? All the talk is how “great” Teo looks, but DJ has been a second thought. He is the most important new Charger and I’m very curious to how he looks. I’m expecting big things out of him and Starks over the next three years. We’re really weak at guard also but that exact scenario is what Denver has been able to mask for the past few years so hopefully we can too.

  5. braxton29 says: Jun 6, 2013 6:33 PM

    ripseau says:
    Jun 5, 2013 9:54 PM
    Hows he doing? All the talk is how “great” Teo looks, but DJ has been a second thought. He is the most important new Charger and I’m very curious to how he looks. I’m expecting big things out of him and Starks over the next three years. We’re really weak at guard also but that exact scenario is what Denver has been able to mask for the past few years so hopefully we can too.

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    He’s fine. He’s been practicing with the first teams at RT ever since he arrived. Also, Starks won’t be here for the next three years. He’s here for one season until we get our franchise LT in next year’s draft.

  6. raiderapologist says: Jun 6, 2013 10:24 PM

    braxton29 says: Jun 6, 2013 6:33 PM

    He’s fine. He’s been practicing with the first teams at RT ever since he arrived.
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    Of course he has. He could wear his helmet backwards and still be better than what they had last year.

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