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Chargers CB Jason Verrett underwent surgeries on both shoulders last year.

The 2014 first-rounder had right shoulder surgery prior to his rookie season, before a torn left labrum sent Verrett to I.R. in mid-November. Verrett is "not quite 100 percent," but should be well before training camp. Verrett flashed big-time cover skills and playmaking ability before going down. If San Diego can solidify strong safety and appease disgruntled FS Eric Weddle, the 2015 secondary should be solid with Verrett opposite LCB Brandon Flowers.
May 29 - 2:15 PM

Second-year Chargers CB Jason Verrett says he's "where I need to be" in his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Verrett declined to say he was 100 percent, but is participating in OTAs. Per reporter Michael Gehlken, Verrett was "moving around well in practice." Verrett was running as one of the league's top rookies last season before injuring his labrum in Week 6. He has a big part to play in the Bolts' 2015 defense.
May 26 - 4:34 PM

Contract-year QB Philip Rivers says it would be "awesome" to finish his career with the Chargers.

Alas, Rivers said there's "nothing new to report" in contract talks. Rivers created a firestorm earlier this spring when he directly said he wouldn't sign an extension, but he's seemed to have a change of heart. At the very least, he's being more diplomatic in public. The Bolts want to lock Rivers up with a deal that will keep him with the team through the end of his career.
May 26 - 4:26 PM

Melvin Ingram weighs 246 pounds after playing at 266 pounds last year.

Ingram cut the weight in an effort to become more durable -- he's missed 19 games over the last two years. "Being at 260 or 265, 266, wasn't working, really. I felt quick but I kept getting injured. ... The lighter you are, the less stress it is on your body, the less stress it is on your knees, your hips, your joints or your ankles, your toes -- everything." The Chargers are counting on a Ingram, the No. 18 overall pick in 2012, to finally sustain health and lead a dormant pass rush that ranked 29th in the league in sacks last year.
May 26 - 8:09 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chargers FS Eric Weddle will be a no-show for Organized Team Activities.

This has long been expected. Weddle wants a new contract and recently stated he won't report to workouts "anytime soon." Owed $7.5 million, Weddle is entering the last year of his contract. He turned 30 this past January.
May 25 - 4:24 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers are "optimistic" about signing contract-year QB Philip Rivers to an extension.

In March, Rivers said "nothing" could change his mind about not signing an extension, but his tone has softened dramatically in recent weeks. Perhaps Rivers has come around on the idea of playing in Los Angeles, or believes the Bolts won't bolt San Diego. Rivers' attitude adjustment has coincided with the de facto end of trade season. Where he once appeared intent on playing hardball, Rivers now seems likely to sign an extension with the only team he's ever known.
May 21 - 7:10 PM

The Chargers and Raiders have secured the land necessary for a stadium project in Carson, Cal.

The "complex land deal" gives the teams the rights to 170 acres. The land would technically be owned by the city, but leased to a stadium authority. It's the same model the 49ers used in Santa Clara. Although the Bolts and Raiders continue to make progress in Los Angeles, they are not as far along as Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
May 19 - 2:45 PM

Chargers agreed to terms with OT Joseph Barksdale, formerly of the Rams.

Coming off a strong age-26 campaign in St. Louis, Barksdale surprisingly languished on the open market for over two months. His arrival in San Diego likely means RT D.J. Fluker will kick inside to right guard. That would leave Barksdale to bookend LT King Dunlap. Second-rounder Rob Havenstein will replace Barksdale in St. Louis.
May 19 - 1:24 PM

The Chargers are hosting free agent OT Joe Barksdale on Monday.

Arguably the top young free agent left on the market, 27-year-old Barksdale is coming off a strong 2014 in St. Louis. He was one of the top pass-protecting right tackles in football last year. The addition of Barksdale could allow the Chargers to kick D.J. Fluker inside to right guard. Chris Watt is penciled in at center with LG Orlando Franklin and LT King Dunlap holding down the left side.
May 18 - 4:04 PM

Chargers signed No. 15 overall pick RB Melvin Gordon to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year team option. With Todd Gurley's (ACL) health in question, no rookie back has a clearer path to high-end fantasy relevance than Gordon. The Bolts have already talked up his pass protection, a sign they want him on the field as much as possible. Gordon will be a home-run threat every time he touches the ball, but caught just 22 passes at Wisconsin. That means there should still be a role for Danny Woodhead, even if the Bolts occasionally let Gordon pick up the blitz. He should be drafted as an RB2.
May 14 - 11:10 PM

Chargers signed second-round ILB Denzel Perryman, third-round CB Craig Mager, fifth-round OLB Kyle Emanuel, and sixth-round OLB Darius Philon to four-year contracts.

Perryman, the 48th pick in the draft, projects as a two-down thumper in the NFL who is strong against the run. He should compete with Manti Te'o for the starting job next to Donald Butler right from the jump in San Diego.
May 13 - 3:43 PM

Branden Oliver is expected to serve as a "nice complementary back" to first-round RB Melvin Gordon.

The Chargers traded up to No. 15 overall for Gordon and passing back Danny Woodhead is returning from an ankle injury. It leaves Oliver to compete with Donald Brown for scraps. Oliver is unlikely to get many chances to be the "nice complementary back" he showed flashes of last year.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 8:31 AM

Chargers RT D.J. Fluker is down to 345 pounds.

Fluker ballooned to 353 pounds late in 2014. Coming off a down season, San Diego is hoping better conditioning will allow Fluker to have a bounce back year.
May 9 - 7:50 PM

The Rams are still talking with free agent RT Joe Barksdale.

Barksdale visited with the Falcons this week, but left without a contract. St. Louis remains his most likely landing spot, where Barksdale would compete with rookie Rob Havenstein for the starting right tackle job.
May 9 - 6:35 PM

Eric Weddle said he won't report to team workouts "anytime soon."

Weddle is angling for a new contract and it sounds like he'll be a no-show until that happens. Despite not practicing, Weddle hasn't been totally out of the loop. He still checks in regularly with defensive coordinator John Pagano and met with coaches at the team's facility last month before the offseason program began. Weddle will be subject to fines if he doesn't appear at the Chargers' mandatory mini-camp that starts on June 16.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 10:09 AM


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