SAN DIEGO (AP) -Michael Turner, the backup to NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, can now leave the Chargers only if he's traded.
Turner signed the $2.35 million, one-year tender he received from the team after becoming a restricted free agent.
Last Friday was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offers from other teams. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith put the highest possible tender on Turner. That meant if another team signed Turner to an offer sheet, the Chargers could have either matched it or received that team's first- and third-round draft picks.
Smith is still open to trading Turner. He would like to get a first- and third-round pick, either this year or next, but has said he'll listen to all offers.
On Wednesday, he said teams have offered ``less than I would like'' for Turner, a bruising 237-pounder who averaged 6.3 yards per carry last year in spelling Tomlinson.
If Turner stays with the Chargers, he can leave after next season as an unrestricted free agent, and San Diego would receive only a compensatory draft pick.
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