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Salisbury, Chargers Discuss Two-Year Deal

February 21, 1996

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Quarterback Sean Salisbury met with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday and could have a two-year contract worked out by Wednesday, his agent said.

``We have a desire to get it done and they do, too,″ said Curt Salisbury, the player’s brother. ``I think we can get it done by (Wednesday). It’s really up to the Chargers to see what’s going on there.″

If he agrees to a deal, Salisbury would back up Stan Humphries. Gale Gilbert was San Diego’s backup quarterback the last two seasons. He failed to deliver wins in two big chances in 1995 and won’t be back.

``I think everything will work out for us,″ said Sean Salisbury, who grew up in nearby Escondido and played at Southern Cal.

The Chargers were interested in Salisbury two years ago, but he signed with Houston and San Diego got Gilbert. The Oilers released Salisbury after training camp, and he returned to the Minnesota Vikings, playing in one game. He sat out last season and worked as an NFL analyst for a radio network.

``If I had to do it all over again, I’d still be in a Charger uniform,″ Salisbury said. ``You make mistakes along the way that you regret. I definitely learned from it. I don’t want to make that mistake again.″

Salisbury has played four seasons in the NFL, throwing for 2,840 yards and 14 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions. His best season was 1993, when he had two 300-yard games for the Vikings and 1,413 yards overall, with nine TDs and six interceptions. He was on the Vikings’ roster in 1990 and 1991, but didn’t play either year.

He also played two seasons in the Canadian Football League.

Curt Salisbury said his brother sat out last season because he wasn’t comfortable re-signing with the Vikings.

``Had we signed with someone else, the San Diego situation would be filled with someone else, while Sean was under contract with another team,″ Curt Salisbury said.

Offensive tackle James Williams of the Chicago Bears and linebacker Bill Romanowski of the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to visit the Chargers on Thursday. Linebacker Bob Spitulski of Seattle took a physical on Tuesday.

It’s unlikely the Chargers will re-sign left tackle Harry Swayne, an unrestricted free agent.

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