Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Feb. 26
Ryan Leaf could serve his Texas term in Montana
Is now in Montana prison after being booted from drug treatment program
Former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf, widely considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time, is working on a plea deal that would permit him to serve a Texas sentence in Montana, according to the Associated Press. He is now in a prison in that state, his original home. In 2010, Leaf was sentenced to ten years of probation in Texas for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. But last year, he was arrested twice on burglary and theft charges in Montana. He was sentenced to seven years in custody with two years suspended if he successfully spent nine months in a lockdown addiction treatment facility. But early this year he was sent back to prison for violating drug treatment rules, including threatening a program staff member. If the Texas deal is worked out, a sentence in Texas for violating probation would be served concurrently in Montana.
The Chargers traded high draft picks and a top player to move up in the 1998 draft to pick Leaf second overall. But he proved to be unstable and a poor player and was released after two years. In his four-year career, he completed only 48.4% of his passes and threw 36 interceptions and 14 touchdowns.