April 12, 1988 |
The Chargers will announce today they have traded for Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Mark Malone. Malone and officials from both teams talked freely about the deal Monday. The cost to the Chargers: Two reported eighth-round draft picks. One in 1988. One in 1989. The 1989 pick is conditional. "You get what you get," Steeler president Dan Rooney said. "It's fair." "For the price, we couldn't hardly turn him down," Jerry Rhome, the Chargers' offensive coordinator, said. Rhome knows all about that.
August 6, 1988 |
To say that Mark Malone is back may well be a befuddling statement to most of those who will watch him take the field tonight as the Chargers' starting quarterback in the exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys. "Back?" they will understandably wonder. "When, pray tell, has he been here before? What did he do? Drive through on the way to Mexico? Take his family to the zoo? Isn't he a Pittsburgh guy?"
April 18, 1989 |
Babe Laufenberg's Cinderella story with the San Diego Chargers is over. The Chargers decided against offering him a contract for 1989, team spokesman Bill Johnston said today. Laufenberg, 29, becomes a free agent again, a status he is familiar with after being released eight times by four teams since his 1983 NFL entry as a sixth-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins. "I am disappointed," Laufenberg said, "but I'm not bitter. In effect, they fired me. . . . But I didn't make the big plays last year.
April 13, 1988
Quarterback Mark Malone, the lowest-rated passer in the National Football League last season, was traded Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the San Diego Chargers for an eighth-round choice in this month's draft and possible future considerations. Pittsburgh could receive additional compensation based on Malone's playing time next season.
November 5, 1988 |
You're Mark Malone and you're frustrated. You've spent 8 years trying to get out from under the shadow of Terry Bradshaw. When you finally do, you find yourself playing second fiddle to Babe Laufenberg. Babe Laufenberg? That's right. After being traded last spring from the Pittsburgh Steelers back home to San Diego, where you were a high school star in three sports, you naturally assumed you'd be the Chargers' starting quarterback, since the job was wide open.
April 19, 1989 |
Babe Laufenberg, the free-agent quarterback who started the first six games for the San Diego Chargers last season, will not be offered a contract for the 1989 season, team spokesman Bill Johnston said. Laufenberg, 29, becomes a free agent again, a status he is familiar with after being released eight times by four teams since his 1983 National Football League entry as a sixth-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins. "I am disappointed," Laufenberg said, "but I'm not bitter.