Ever since the beginning of the '06 season, many fantasy leaguers have wondered about the future of Chargers running back Michael Turner. He has long been mentioned as a possible starter with another team after showing promise in relief of LaDainian Tomlinson.
In 2007, we might find out just how effective Turner can be as a No. 1 running back. If he leaves San Diego for a situation that will allow him to get the bulk of the carries, speculation about Turner's fantasy value could run rampant. A handful of teams are reportedly very interested in acquiring Turner, even though San Diego tendered his contract at the highest rate possible. It would cost any possible suitor a first- and third-round pick in the upcoming draft if they sign him as a restricted free agent.
While such a price could have scared a lot of teams off, San Diego is expected to entertain trade offers for Turner instead of keeping him and losing him as a free agent after 2007 with no compensation. While the Chargers would certainly like the luxury of keeping Turner as a backup again, his market value is quite high right now and it's a very opportune time to get the best possible return in a trade before the draft. It seems Turner is destined to leave San Diego for a starting opportunity in the near future.