Player News - Chargers

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Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Melvin Gordon (knee cartilage surgery) suggested he'll be back to 100 percent in two months.

The exact nature of Gordon's operation has never been disclosed. The Union-Tribune San Diego simply labeled it "knee-cartilage surgery." The nearly three-month timeline from his operation date suggests it was a bit more than a simple clean-up procedure. Either way, Gordon should be 100 percent healthy well in advance of June's minicamp.
Feb 4 - 7:31 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken reports "all indications" suggest impending free agent Antonio Gates will not retire.

Gates said he did not "want to go out as a loser" in December, and he was reportedly inquiring about the Chargers' draft plans immediately following the season. Gates is an impending free agent, but both sides have expressed a desire to work out a new deal. Gates has been with the Chargers since 2003.
Feb 2 - 10:57 AM

Chargers president Dean Spanos said the team will remain in San Diego through at least the 2016 season.

"Today I decided our team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season," Spanos said in a statement. "I look forward to working to resolve our stadium dilemma. We have an agreement to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego." Spanos has until January 2017 to exercise a move to Los Angeles.
Jan 29 - 5:54 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports the Chargers have reached an agreement to share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood (CA).

This agreement will allow the Chargers to relocate to L.A., though owner Dean Spanos hasn't decided when or if that move will happen. The Bolts have until January 17, 2017 to exercise their option to move. It's possible Spanos could exercise that option immediately, allowing the Chargers to begin play in Los Angeles later this year. The Union-Tribune reported Thursday that the Chargers purchased land in Orange County, where the team will likely build its practice facility and club headquarters. The Chargers' eventual move to L.A. seems inevitable at this point, though it may not happen in 2016.
Jan 29 - 4:34 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee reports the Chargers have acquired land in Orange County, and are expected to use it for their headquarters and practice facility if they follow through on moving to Los Angeles.

Rumors about the Bolts partnering up with Stan Kroenke in Inglewood have been all over the map, but a move is looking more and more likely. It could be only a matter of days before the Chargers confirm they're leaving San Diego.
Jan 28 - 4:04 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reports the "goal" is to have a decision by the end of the week on the Chargers' potential move to Los Angeles.

A source told Acee moving to Los Angeles "is what they want to do. That’s where … it’s headed." Many have questioned whether owner Dean Spanos wants to uproot to LA, but a move up the coast makes financial sense for the organization. With the Rams already selling season tickets, the Chargers have to make their decision soon.
Jan 28 - 12:29 PM

The Chargers have applied to trademark "Los Angeles Chargers."

It looks like this is really happening. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Monday the Bolts were working to "finalize" a deal to share the Rams' new stadium in Inglewood. The Chargers' trademark application, which was filed two days after the league approved the Rams' relocation bid, should be the final nail in the coffin. The Chargers' inevitable move effectively squashes any hope the Raiders had of returning to Los Angeles. Relocating to San Antonio might be the Raiders' best option at this point.
Jan 19 - 2:23 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Chargers are working to "finalize" a deal to move into Rams owner Stan Kroenke's stadium in Inglewood, Cal.

Per La Canfora, the league is "watching closely and willing/eager to mediate if need be." The Bolts are losing time on their move, as the Rams are already taking deposits on season tickets. Kroenke has made out like a robber baron in Los Angeles after it appeared for years that Chargers owner Dean Spanos had first say on the market.
Jan 18 - 3:15 PM

New Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt said he is "excited to work with" Melvin Gordon.

"I was very impressed with what I saw of him as a college player coming out," Whisenhunt said. "I know that his rookie season probably didn’t go the way he wanted it to go, but he’s a very talented man that I’m excited to work with." Gordon had knee surgery early in January, but he is expected to be ready for the offseason program. Whisenhunt got the most of the running game when he was running San Diego's offense in 2013, and getting Gordon's career moving in the correct direction should be one of his top goals for next season.
Jan 16 - 2:08 PM

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani denied the team is closing in on a deal with the Rams which would move the organization to Los Angeles.

NFL Network's Alex Flanagan reported Wednesday the "framework of a stadium deal" had already been completed, but Fabiani released a statement refuting that report. "[Owner Dean Spanos] will take some time to evaluate the new options that have been created for the Chargers by the owners' vote," Fabiani said. "No decisions have been made, and no serious review of a proposed framework for a Rams-Chargers deal has yet begun." The Chargers have a year to decide if they would like to join the Rams at the Inglewood project, and Spanos has said he will take a few weeks to look at all his options. Even if official negotiations have yet to begin, it would be surprising if the Chargers stuck around in San Diego.
Jan 14 - 9:00 AM

Chargers hired OC Ken Whisenhunt.

Whisenhunt, 54 next month, spent the 2013 season as the Chargers' OC, only to parlay that one year into the Titans' head-coaching job. Whisenhunt lasted 23 games as the Titans' head man, going 3-20, before being fired in November. He's back with coach Mike McCoy. In 2013, the Chargers were fifth in total offense, fourth in passing, and 13th in rushing. Whisenhunt and McCoy will look to get the offense back on track after finishing 31st in rushing this year.
Jan 13 - 3:16 PM

Chargers owner Dean Spanos said he will take the next several weeks to "explore the options that we have now created for ourselves to determine the best path forward for the Chargers."

The Chargers won't be moving to Carson with the Raiders as they had hoped but they now have the option to either share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood or accept $100 million from the league and put it towards either building a new stadium or renovating the old one. Of course, if the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego, the Raiders would likely join the Rams in Inglewood. The Chargers have until January 15, 2017 to exercise their option to play in Inglewood so don't expect a decision from Spanos anytime soon. The Raiders will be waiting anxiously.
Jan 12 - 9:45 PM

Chargers hired ex-Jaguars DC Bob Babich as linebackers coach.

He'll replace Mike Nolan, who has resigned. Babich was the Jags' coordinator each of the past three seasons, making very little progress from year to year. He has over a decade of experience as an NFL LBs coach.
Jan 12 - 4:02 PM

SportsBusiness Daily reports the NFL's Committee on L.A. Opportunities has recommended the Chargers and Raiders' Carson project over Stan Kroenke's Inglewood site.

It's big news, but also far from final. The committee comprises just 6-of-32 owners, while multiple reports say there's still momentum for Kroenke's project, and partnering the Rams' owner with Spanos. The committee's recommendation is just that. It is not intended to be final say. News should flow out of the Houston meetings all day Tuesday.
Jan 12 - 1:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the "momentum" is "building" for a Rams and Chargers partnership in Los Angeles.

Chargers owner Dean Spanos has been working with Raiders owner Mark Davis on a project in Carson, but the other owners are pushing him towards partnering with Rams owner Stan Kroenke on a stadium deal in Inglewood. Spanos and Kroenke have a rocky history, but Spanos seemed reluctantly open to the idea this week. With the owners meeting in Houston to discuss the future of all three organizations, it is possible a decision is made as early as Tuesday.
Jan 12 - 9:09 AM


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