Free agent fullback Jacob Hester and offensive tackle Mario Henderson have offers on the tables from the San Diego Chargers, but those offers will be taken off the table they're not signed, Kevin Acee of Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune report.
Henderson, who reportedly worked out for the Chargers last week, has until the weekend to accept the Chargers' offer. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Henderson was a 2007 third round pick out of Florida State by the Oakland Raiders, where he started 28 of 44 games over the course of four seasons. Henderson spent 2011 as a street free agent.
Hester, who visited the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, has until next Monday to make a decision.
"I might take another trip later in the week," said Hester, who added that he is really interested in the Seahawks. "But I don’t know if I need to go anywhere else."
A third round pick out of LSU by the Chargers in 2008, the 5-foot-11, 235-pound Hester is more of a running back than a blocking back, carrying the ball 94 times for 319 yards and a touchdown with 55 receptions for 308 yards and three touchdowns out of the backfield during his 62-game career. Hester's playing time on offense rose from 18-26 percent in 2008-2009 to 37 percent in 2010 before dipping back to 31 percent in 2011.
The Chargers gained leverage over Hester by signing Le'Ron McClain, who can fill the same roles that Hester has played the last four seasons.
Should Hester land with the Seahawks, in addition to re-joining former LSU teammate Matt Flynn, he would likely be a No. 3 back behind Marshawn Lynch and Leon Washington who can provide depth behind Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson, another player who has learned to play fullback at the NFL level. Also like Robinson, Hester is a contributor on special teams, playing in a career-high 64 percent of those snaps last season. Overall, Hester has made 37 tackles on special teams over the last four seasons.