Boston due roster bonus next week

WR David Boston, acquired by the Chargers last offseason, has been granted permission to seek a trade.

Updated: March 9, 2004, 2:22 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Chargers have given wide receiver David Boston and his agent, Mitch Frankel, permission to talk to any and all teams about a trade.

David Boston
Boston
There are no specifications on the trade. Teams can talk to Frankel or the Chargers. Ultimately, the Chargers will accept the best trade offer available for Boston. By granting Boston permission to talk to teams, the Chargers are trying to eliminate any contractual concerns interested teams might have in making the deal.

Boston, 25, signed a seven-year, $47 million deal with the Chargers last year that cost them $5.1 million in 2003, but any team trading for Boston would probably want to re-work that deal. Boston caught 70 passes for 880 yards, but his personality and work style clashed with the team.

He was suspended last year for one game for conduct detrimental to the team for a verbal altercation with the team's strength coach. However, while Boston is a bit of a loner and doesn't mingle too much with his teammates, he is a rare talent. He spends a lot of time in the weight room and is one of the most gifted receivers in football. His weight can fluctuate anywhere between 235 and 245 pounds, but he was able to run 40s in the 4.4 second or faster range.

In Arizona, Boston had a 98-catch season in 2001, making him one of the most dangerous offensive threats.

Potentially a good fit for Boston is Miami where his former receivers coach at Arizona, Jerry Sullivan, works for the Dolphins.

If Boston is traded, a deal should be completed within the next week. Boston is due a $3 million option payment by March 15.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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