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Williams Is an H-Factor for Chargers

July 29, 1989|BRIAN HEWITT | Times Staff Writer

The Chargers signed two more veterans Friday, the day all the veterans were scheduled to report. They are: running back Tim Spencer and defensive end Tyrone Keys. But the best news for them came from Texas, where Vic Vines, agent for unsigned rookie quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, said he was encouraged by renewed contract negotiations. "We're back on track," Vines said. "We're talking. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel." Earlier in the week, Vines claimed the Chargers took an offer to Tolliver off the bargaining table. The Chargers insist their offer has been the same all along. . . . Charger Coach Dan Henning on Tolliver's continued absence: "It's not the fact that he has dug himself a hole. What he hasn't done is build himself a stand. He's at ground level until he gets in here."

The number of unsigned veterans is down to five: running back Gary Anderson, running back Lionel James, linebacker Gary Plummer, defensive lineman Joe Phillips and defensive lineman Les Miller. Steve Ortmayer, the Chargers' director of football operations, said agreements were within reach in all cases but that of Anderson, the team's MVP last year. The only other unsigned rookie is No. 1 draft pick Burt Grossman, a defensive end from Pitt. . . . Punter Ralf Mojsiejenko, who stayed away from the mini-camp and was fined, showed up for Friday's team meeting. But he says he's still waiting for the Chargers to make good on a promise, allegedly made in December of 1987, that they would renegotiate his current contract, which expires after this season. Ortmayer declined comment. . . . Veteran offensive lineman Broderick Thompson missed the team meeting Friday evening but was expected to report Saturday. According to Dallas sources, talks between the Cowboys and Chargers over unsigned Dallas quarterback Steve Pelluer have progressed to the point to where Dallas has informed the Chargers of a specific player they want in exchange. The source wouldn't name the player. But it is believed the Cowboys are looking for a linebacker, a defensive tackle or a speed wide receiver. But "those are bad, bad sources," Ortmayer said. "Nobody's ever mentioned any names to me." . . . The NFL will administer drug testing to all the Chargers Sunday. The Chargers won't know the results of the tests until before Aug. 29, the date they have to cut their roster to 60 players. All NFL teams will be informed of every player testing positive for steroids . . . Henning praised veteran defensive end Karl Wilson. He said the key to getting the most out of Wilson lies in deploying him properly. "His strength is coming off the football," Henning said. Henning also took the opportunity to praise rookie running back Marion Butts once again. Butts weighs 250 pounds. "As (Giant Coach) Bill Parcells would say: "He's built for the game." . . . Unlike Houston Coach Jerry Glanville, who says tough teams come from tough training camps located in tough surroundings, Charger owner Alex Spanos is delighted at the Chargers practice site in scenic La Jolla. "I haven't been to any other training camps," Spanos said. "But I can't imagine any camp being more beautiful than this." The terrace on which the players eat their training table meals has an ocean view. . . . Henning gave the rookies and free agents the afternoon off from practice. The normal practice schedule resumes today with one workout at 9 a.m. and another at 4 p.m. . . . The only injuries during the week just completed were a shoulder separation suffered by wide receiver Clint Sampson and leg pulls to running back Napoleon McCallum and offensive lineman Stacy Searels.

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