Player News - Chargers

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Chargers restructured DT Corey Liuget's contract.

This is almost certainly a straight pay cut for the 2011 first-round pick, who was scheduled to earn $8 million in 2018. Facing a four-game suspension to open the season, there was talk the Chargers would move on from Liuget, but this restructure makes it likely he sticks around.
Apr 16 - 8:22 AM

Chargers signed QB Geno Smith, formerly of the Giants, to a one-year contract.

Smith also visited Seattle before striking a deal with Los Angeles. The former second-round pick drew one start for the Giants last season, throwing for 212 yards and a touchdown in a Week 13 loss to Oakland. Ben McAdoo's decision to bench Eli Manning for that game ultimately got him fired. In L.A., Smith will compete with Cardale Jones for No. 2 duties behind starter Philip Rivers.
Apr 1 - 10:31 PM

Chargers signed DB Jaylen Watkins, formerly of the Eagles, to a one-year contract.

Watkins was non-tendered by Philadelphia after logging just 167 snaps last season. The 25-year-old will likely focus on special teams in Los Angeles.
Mar 30 - 1:23 PM

Free agent Geno Smith is visiting the Seahawks.

The Seahawks need a new backup after cutting Trevone Boykin. It's Smith's second visit in two days after he met with the Chargers. Smith is a below-average backup but an acceptable No. 2.
Mar 29 - 5:49 PM

Free agent QB Geno Smith is visiting the Chargers on Wednesday.

Kellen Clemens is a free agent, leaving Cardale Jones as the only quarterback on the roster behind Philip Rivers. Smith has never been good in the NFL.
Mar 28 - 12:45 PM

ESPN's Eric Williams expects the Chargers to retain suspended DT Corey Liuget.

Liuget will serve a four-game suspension for violating the PED policy to start the 2018 season, and he was arguably overpaid ($8 million) even before the ban was handed down. Williams writes Liuget is a good fit for DC Gus Bradley's defense, however, and thinks he will stick around. Of course, that could change if Darius Philon or Damion Square step up during his absence.
Source: ESPN
Mar 26 - 12:33 PM

NFL suspended Chargers DT Corey Liuget four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

"I made a mistake and take full responsibility," said Liuget, who claims he took a banned substance accidentally after trusting someone who wasn't "well-versed" with the NFL's policy on PEDs. "I apologize to our fans, my family and the entire Chargers organization." His absence will open up playing time for Darius Philon and Damion Square along the defensive line.
Mar 23 - 4:05 PM

Free agent DB Jaylen Watkins will visit the 49ers on Wednesday.

Originally a restricted free agent, Watkins went untendered by the Eagles. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the defensive back has a few more visits lined up after the 49ers. Watkins offers depth at both safety and corner.
Mar 20 - 9:55 AM

Chargers signed C Mike Pouncey to a two-year, $15 million contract.

In large part due to a lingering hip injury, Pouncey's effectiveness waned in 2017 with the Dolphins, but he is still only 28 years old and should be recovered now. Pouncey has stated he will eventually need a hip replacement. The Chargers' offensive line is shaping up, from left to right, as LT Russell Okung > LG Dan Feeney > C Pouncey > RG Forrest Lamp > RT Joe Barskdale. If the unit stays healthy, this line has a chance to be a top-ten group.
Mar 19 - 5:05 PM

Chargers signed Caleb Sturgis to a two-year contract.

Sturgis played just one game before landing on IR last year. He's not the most accurate kicker but gives the Chargers an upgrade from what they had in 2017. Sturgis could face competition in training camp.
Mar 16 - 5:31 PM

Free agent Mike Pouncey will visit the Chargers on Saturday.

The Chargers are the first team to meet with Pouncey after his surprise Miami release. Pouncey played all 16 games last year, but wasn't close to pre-injury form, grading outside of PFF's top-25 centers. Despite his downward trend, Pouncey is likely to command close to the $8.9 million he made in 2017.
Mar 16 - 4:53 PM

Dolphins released C Mike Pouncey.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Pouncey requested his release, and the Dolphins will acquiesce on Thursday. This is something of a surprising development. Pouncey has serious health concerns and is coming off a down season, but he was still one of Miami's best offensive linemen. The move saves the Dolphins $7 million against the cap, but it opens up another big hole on the interior of their offensive line.
Mar 15 - 12:03 PM

Chargers signed TE Virgil Green, formerly of the Broncos.

Green has been a popular fantasy sleeper at various points in his career, but he never topped 25 catches, 250 yards, or one touchdown in seven seasons with the Broncos. With Hunter Henry firmly atop the Chargers' depth chart, Green's breakout is unlikely to come this season.
Mar 14 - 4:08 PM

Chargers re-signed S Adrian Phillips to a one-year contract.

Phillips played 519 snaps last season, making four starts, and is quality depth on the back end. 2017 starting FS Tre Boston remains a free agent.
Mar 14 - 3:43 PM

Chargers re-signed OL Michael Schofield to a two-year contract.

Schofield is back in LA after logging 407 snaps at right tackle a year ago. He drew five starts in place of Joe Barksdale, who missed time due to a foot injury. The 27-year-old is a decent enough backup at tackle and can also play guard in a pinch.
Mar 14 - 11:06 AM


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