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Chargers GM Tom Telesco expressed confidence in the current makeup of his backfield at the NFL owners' meetings.

We found this notable, but approach it with a grain of salt; the Chargers still seem very likely to use a high draft pick at running back. "Branden Oliver can be a starter in this league," Telesco said. "Donald Brown has been a starter. ... We know what Danny (Woodhead) can do. We have three great guys. I'm not saying we wouldn't add somebody, but we don't need to." Boise State's Jay Ajayi would make a lot of sense in San Diego as a gap-scheme runner with three-down tools.
Mar 25 - 8:59 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports it would take "multiple first-round picks" for the Chargers to trade Philip Rivers.

Rapsheet's report is via ""several sources with the Chargers." Rapsheet emphasizes that the team doesn't want to trade Rivers, but that it hasn't explicitly said he won't be dealt. The Bolts recently approached Rivers about an extension, but were rebuffed. Rivers is on public record as wanting to play out his deal, and says there's "nothing" that could change his mind. Multiple first-rounders would indeed be the going rate for a quarterback of Rivers' ilk, even at age 33.
Mar 24 - 6:55 PM's Ian Rapoport intimates the Chargers have left open the possibility of trading Philip Rivers.

The Chargers have made it clear they don't want to trade Rivers. "But what I have not heard, is we will not trade Rivers," were the words of Rapsheet on Path to the Draft. It may seem like a stretch, but general managers deal in this sort of doublespeak all the time. It's possible Tom Telesco has deliberately left himself some wiggle room in the event his franchise signal caller is shipped out. Although it's hard to picture Rivers in another uniform, his public comments on his Chargers future were far more direct than we're used to hearing from players.
Mar 24 - 6:15 PM

The Buffalo News reports the Bills are not pursuing Philip Rivers.

Vic Carucci's report comes via "multiple sources." GM Doug Whaley says he's had "no conversations" with the Chargers. Rivers' future has become a topic of debate after he said he wants to play out the final year of his contract without an extension, but Chargers GM Tom Telesco has said dealing his franchise quarterback "(isn't) even on our radar." The Bolts have been loosely connected to Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, but the smart money remains heavily on Rivers remaining in San Diego for 2015.
Mar 24 - 3:15 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco says he wants walk-year QB Philip Rivers to retire with the team, and that trading him "(isn't) even on our radar."

"He's our guy," Telesco said. "Like I've said before, we'd like to extend him. And when he's ready to do that, we'll get moving on it." Telesco's comments weren't prompted by media speculation, but rather Rivers' own words. Rivers has said he wants to play out the final year of his deal without an extension, and that "nothing" will change his mind. Rivers is concerned about the Bolts' potential move to Los Angeles. A trade almost certainly isn't happening, but next offseason will be fascinating if Rivers is steadfastly against signing an extension. That could force the Bolts to franchise tag a quarterback who turns 34 in December. That wouldn't sit well with an 11-year veteran.
Mar 24 - 2:12 PM

When asked about Ladarius Green, coach Mike McCoy said, "We need to use him more."

Green was limited to a meager 21.1 snaps per game last season, mostly serving as a blocker en route to just 19 catches. He was not involved at all in "11" packages thanks to Antonio Gates' continued ageless play. We'd like to believe that McCoy will creatively find ways to get the supremely talented Green more looks, but it hasn't happened in three years. The #FreeLadarius movement can only wait and pray with Gates locked into the starting role.
Mar 24 - 12:45 PM

Chargers signed CB Patrick Robinson, formerly of the Saints, to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Robinson has had a wildly up-and-down career, getting benched repeatedly in New Orleans but also flashing the ability that made him the No. 32 overall pick in 2010. Robinson is currently coming off his best season and going on age 28. In San Diego, Robinson will compete for sub-package snaps at outside corner. Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers are the starters, while new S/CB Jimmy Wilson has experience covering the slot.
Mar 19 - 11:02 AM

Chargers signed DT Mitch Unrein to a two-year contract.

Unrein gives the Chargers veteran depth. He can play both defensive line and fullback in a pinch. Unrein will be counted on for a bigger role with San Diego after being limited to eight games last season. Unrein should get the majority of his snaps as an end in DC John Pagano's 3-4 scheme.
Mar 18 - 7:45 PM

Free agent DT Mitch Unrein visited with the Chargers on Wednesday.

Unrein was limited to eight games (46 snaps) as a rotational lineman last season. He has ties to Chargers HC Mike McCoy, and could provide depth at defensive end in San Diego's 3-4 scheme. A career backup, Unrein should be available for the veteran minimum.
Mar 18 - 5:50 PM

Walk-year QB Philip Rivers intends to play out the final season of his contract without a new deal.

"Honestly, nothing," was Rivers' response when asked if there was anything that would change his mind. Rivers has also changed course on the Chargers' stadium issue. Previously, he said it wouldn't affect talks. Now he says it will. "What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate," Rivers said. "The good thing is I’m not under contract in a year where we’d potentially be in Los Angeles." For his part, Chargers GM Tom Telesco declined to unequivocally say that Rivers wouldn't be dealt. "I don’t like Philip as our QB, I love him," Telesco said. "And I’ll go to war with him." Per reporter Kevin Acee, there's been speculation in league circles that the Bolts could target Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. Rivers' San Diego status is a back-burner issue that could begin to boil.
Mar 17 - 6:33 PM

Chargers signed WR Stevie Johnson, formerly of the 49ers, to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

He chose the Bolts over the Patriots, likely because New England offered less money. (NBC4's Dianna Marie Russini says Johnson's decision came down to family.) Not yet 29 years old, Johnson's 2014 stats aren't a reliable indication of what he has left. He was a sub-package receiver in an extremely run-heavy offense with an inaccurate quarterback. As the No. 2/3 in San Diego, Johnson should be an upgrade on Eddie Royal at slot receiver and can also win on the perimeter with silky smooth route running. As Johnson and Keenan Allen win in similar areas of the field, the addition of Johnson may not be great news for Allen's 2015 fantasy outlook.
Mar 17 - 10:44 AM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports the Jets have expressed interest in free agent Stevie Johnson, but he's "narrowed his choices" to the Patriots or Chargers.

Johnson has a successful history with new Jets OC Chan Gailey from their Buffalo days, but there aren't a lot of balls to go around in New York with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker locked in as the Nos. 1 and 2 wideouts. San Diego would be Johnson's clearest path to statistics as the No. 2 to Keenan Allen.
Mar 16 - 9:17 PM

Free agent Stevie Johnson left the Patriots' facility without a contract.

Johnson is also drawing interest from the Chargers and may want to shop his wares. The 49ers are believed to have moved on from Johnson after cutting him.
Mar 16 - 3:42 PM

NBC Washington reports free agent Stevie Johnson is "very likely" to sign with the Patriots.

Johnson is visiting New England on Monday, and Dianna Marie Russini reports a deal could be done before the end of the day. Johnson's skill-set is a bit redundant to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola's, but would provide depth the Pats were lacking in 2014. Thanks to angular route running, Johnson has always been quite proficient at getting open between the seams.
Mar 16 - 1:53 PM

Free agent CB Patrick Robinson hasn't ruled out re-signing with the Saints.

Robinson is scheduled to meet with Pittsburgh this weekend, and has multiple visits lined up. The Saints are unlikely to bring him back after signing Brandon Browner. Robinson is the top remaining free-agent corner behind Tramon Williams.
Mar 14 - 9:03 PM

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