Chargers trade Davis to Niners for Woods
In a deal that will provide a pair of former first-round choices a chance to turn around their disappointing careers, the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday traded cornerback Sammy Davis to the San Francisco 49ers for wide receiver Rashaun Woods.
Both players involved in the unusual one-for-one swap had fallen out of favor with their respective teams and no longer fit into their plans. It had been rumored for some time that Woods was on the trading block.
Davis, 26, is certainly the more accomplished of the two, having appeared in 44 games with 30 starts. The former Texas A&M standout was the 30th overall selection in the 2003 draft and was a full-time starter for the Chargers for his first 1½ seasons in the league.
Late in the 2004 campaign, Davis lost his starting job at right cornerback to Drayton Florence and never regained it, playing mostly in nickel and dime situations thereafter. Davis played in all 16 games in '05, but only four as a starter, and he registered 26 tackles, one sack and three passes defensed.
For his career, Davis has 103 tackles, three interceptions and 23 passes defensed. His best season came as a rookie, when he started all 16 games and had 58 tackles and two interceptions.
In joining the 49ers, Davis is going to a defense clearly in need of cornerback help, and he should have an opportunity to earn a regular spot in the San Francisco secondary. He has two seasons remaining on his original NFL contract, at base salaries of $630,000 for 2006 and $720,000 for 2007.
The 31st overall choice in the 2004 draft, Woods played in 14 games as a rookie and had seven catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. The former Oklahoma State star did not appear in a single game in 2005 and spent the last 13 contests on injured reserve.
Woods, 25, has size, speed and potential, but the current San Francisco staff, which did not draft him, did not believe he would develop into a big-time player for them. He becomes the second young veteran wide receiver dealt by the 49ers this offseason, joining three-year veteran Brandon Lloyd, a starter traded to the Washington Redskins last month.
There are three seasons remaining on Woods' contract, at base salaries of $435,000 (2006), $550,000 (2007) and $620,000 (2008).
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.