Former LSU WR Davis agrees to five-year deal with Chargers

Updated: July 23, 2007, 10:36 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli |

The San Diego Chargers on Monday afternoon reached a contract agreement in principle with first-round draft choice Craig Davis, has learned. A speedy wide receiver from LSU, Davis is expected to challenge for meaningful playing time in 2007 as part of the team's young pass-catching corps.

As the 30th player selected overall this year, Davis will sign a five-year contract. The deal is believed to contain about $5.5 million in guaranteed money and could be worth more than $11 million if he meets all incentives.

The Chargers hit another jackpot Monday evening -- second-round pick Eric Weddle agreed to a four-year contract, meaning the team's entire draft class has agreed to deals before the start of camp for the first time since 1997.

Linebacker Anthony Waters (third round), tight end Legedu Naanee (fifth round) and linebacker Brandon Siler (seventh round) agreed to four-year deals as well on Monday, as did cornerback Paul Oliver, who was taken in the fourth round of the supplemental draft.

Davis, 21, emerged in 2006, his lone college season as a full-time starter, as a precise route-runner, a receiver who makes great adjustments, and a big-play threat in the open field. He started all 12 games and, despite the presence of lead receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was the first-round choice of the Kansas City Chiefs and the 22nd player selected, had 56 receptions for 836 yards and four touchdowns.

"It was very important for Craig to be in camp on time," said his agent, Joel Segal of Blue Equity. "He made it clear to me he did not want to hold out. It's a good deal for Craig and a good deal for the team."

Used primarily as the "X" receiver in the LSU offense, Davis possesses nice versatility, and might be able to work out the slot as well at the NFL level. Always a hard worker, Davis was able to add some bulk to his upper body last season, and has solid size (6-feet-1, 200 pounds) and strength. At the combine workouts, he was timed at 4.41 seconds in the 40.

For his career, Davis had 141 catches for 2,107 yards and seven touchdowns, appearing in 44 games, with 25 starts.

As was manifested with the offseason release of Keenan McCardell, the Chargers have opted to go with younger receivers in 2006, and Davis could provide a big-play dimension that San Diego has been lacking.

Davis is only the fourth first-round choice leaguewide to reach a contract accord.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for The Associated Press contributed to this report.