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Chargers GM Tom Telesco expects CB Jason Verrett (knee) to participate in the offseason program.

Verrett played just one game in 2017 before landing on injured reserve with an issue in the same knee which required surgery in October of 2016. Telesco said this surgery was not another reconstruction, however, meaning Verrett could be ready for the offseason program. A first-round pick in 2014, Verrett is an outstanding talent, but he has played just 25 of a possible 64 games in four seasons and just five in the last two. Unlikely to pass a physical before his fifth-year option guarantees in March, Verrett will likely stick on the roster, but the Chargers cannot count on him to be available for 16 games.
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 11:35 AM

Chargers signed K Roberto Aguayo to a reserve/future contract.

Aguayo will always be remembered for being the Bucs' failed second-round pick in 2016 as a massive reach. He flamed out quickly in Tampa Bay, lasting just one season before being cut at the end of last summer. Aguayo spent time with the Bears and Panthers this past season but didn't attempt a kick. The Chargers have big concerns at kicker and will give Aguayo a shot.
Jan 10 - 1:03 PM

Chargers re-signed OC Ken Whisenhunt.

Both Whisenhunt and DC Gus Bradley were on one-year contracts in 2017, but both were given new deals on Tuesday after their deals expired. Whisenhunt's offense finished fourth in total yards, first in passing offense, and 24th in rushing. Philip Rivers was sacked a career-low 18 times while throwing an eight-year-low 10 interceptions. Whisenhunt has proven he's not a capable head coach. But on the flip side, he's been great as an offensive coordinator.
Jan 10 - 7:05 AM

Chargers re-signed DC Gus Bradley.

The Chargers also kept OC Ken Whisenhunt with a new contract. In his first season after being fired as coach of the Jaguars, Bradley's Bolts defense finished 15th in total defense, third against the pass, and 31st against the run. Bradley had one of the best pass-rush duos in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram to go along with an elite cornerback trio of Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams, and Desmond King. There are a lot of pieces to build around. Fixing the run defense will be key this offseason, but this is a unit completely on the rise.
Jan 10 - 6:57 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers are expected to re-sign DC Gus Bradley.

Bradley drew some interest from the Packers and Seahawks when his contract expired on Tuesday, but the Packers have settled on Mike Pettine for their DC job, while the Seahawks don't have a DC opening with Kris Richard still in place. Richard has been connected to the Colts' head-coach gig, but he seems like a long shot. It makes the most sense for Bradley to go back to L.A.
Jan 9 - 9:46 PM

The Packers plan to interview ex-Chargers DC Gus Bradley for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Bradley's Bolts contract ran out on Tuesday. The ex-Jaguars coach oversaw a solid defense his first year in Los Angeles. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Seahawks also have interest in adding Bradley to their staff. Bradley was Pete Carroll's defensive boss from 2010-12.
Jan 9 - 2:23 PM

Chargers are expecting more from 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams next season.

Williams' season was derailed by a herniated disc he suffered during rookie minicamp, and he never was able to establish himself in the offense, catching more than two passes just once all season. "This offseason will be huge for him," Philip Rivers said. "To get him healthy, all those OTAs, a full offseason program, weight room and running. Mike can add another dimension to our offense." Keenan Allen will remain the main target in the passing game, but Williams should be given the opportunity to take over the No. 2 role if he can stay healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jan 8 - 11:00 AM

Speaking Thursday, Chargers GM Tom Telesco admitted he is uncertain about Antonio Gates' future in Los Angeles.

"We’ll probably let some time go a little bit after the season I’ll sit down with Antonio and just kind of talk to him and see what his thoughts are, what he’s thinking and see where our thoughts are and what we’re thinking," Telesco said. "I don’t have an answer for that right now." Gates himself has already said he wants to return for a 16th season. Limited to 499 snaps and 52 targets in 2017, Gates often appeared to be running on fumes.
Jan 4 - 3:46 PM

Branden Oliver rushed seven times for 13 yards and hauled in his only target for six yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders.

With Melvin Gordon healthy, Oliver was limited to a change of pace role in what might have been his final game with the Chargers -- he is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. If Oliver returns, he will compete with Austin Ekeler for the No. 2 spot behind Gordon.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 10:15:00 PM

Austin Ekeler did not record a stat in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Dealing with a broken hand, Ekeler was not involved on offense the final two games, but he established himself as a good change-of-pace option for Melvin Gordon with 47 rushes for 260 yards and two scores as well as 27 catches for 279 yards and another five touchdowns this season. Ekeler should open 2018 as the No. 2 option in the backfield.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 10:12:00 PM

Melvin Gordon rushed 17 times for 93 yards and hauled in 6-of-7 targets for 31 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Gordon did not look hobbled at all from the ankle injury which limited him in practice this week on his way to 124 total yards. This was only the third time all season Gordon went for more than 85 yards on the ground, but he still topped 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career with eight scores on the ground. He also was a consistent weapon through the air, easily setting career-highs with 58 catches for 476 yards and four receiving touchdowns. It would be a shock if the Chargers did not pick up his fifth-year option this offseason, and he will be a locked-in RB1 in fantasy drafts next summer.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 10:08:00 PM

Antonio Gates said he wants to play in 2018.

"I've still got the juice," Gates said after finishing his season with four catches for 46 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders. Gates did show he has something left in the tank with six catches for 81 yards and a score against the Jets in Week 16, but that was about the only flash in a season which ended with 316 yards and three scores on 30 catches. Set to turn 38 in June, Gates is also a free agent, and it is not a given the Chargers want him back with Hunter Henry ready to take over. Still, if Gates really wants to give it another go, it would be shocking to see him playing for any other team.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:22:00 PM

Mike Williams hauled in his only target for eight yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders.

The stat line is about par for the course for the No. 7 overall pick, who recorded more than two catches in just one game this season after sitting out the first five with a back injury. Healthy heading into the offseason, Williams should be much more involved moving forward and will have some late-round appeal as a breakout candidate in fantasy drafts next summer.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:18:00 PM

Travis Benjamin hauled in 4-of-5 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Benjamin took advantage of broken coverage to score from 62 yards out in the third quarter. It was his fourth receiving score of the season, and he added another touchdown on a punt return in Week 7. Despite the big plays, Benjamin recorded just 663 yards from scrimmage in his second season with the Chargers and is owed $5.75 million in 2018. It would not be a surprise if he is asked to take a pay cut or released.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:10:00 PM

Tyrell Williams hauled in 3-of-4 targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Williams took advantage of busted coverage in the second quarter to score an easy 56-yard touchdown, his fourth visit to the end zone this season and third in the final six games. Unfortunately, those scores, often on big plays, were about all Williams contributed, and he finished what many expected to be a breakout year with 43 catches for 728 yards. Even so, it would be a shock if he was not tendered as a restricted free agent this offseason. With Mike Williams certain to see more targets next year, Tyrell will be tough to justify as anything more than a late-round flier.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:02:00 PM


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