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Chargers GM Tom Telesco expects a breakout year from second-year OLB Jeremiah Attaochu.

"We're excited about him," Telesco said. "We think he's got a really great future for us." The 50th overall pick in last year's draft, Attaochu missed five games to injuries as a rookie, playing just 161 snaps as a situational edge rusher. Now penciled in as San Diego's starter opposite Melvin Ingram, 22-year-old Attaochu is a candidate for a sophomore leap.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 24 - 8:07 PM

Speaking to a group of school children on Thursday, Philip Rivers said he's staying in San Diego, and "not to believe the media."

Yes, it's a slow news day. Rivers' words are rich for multiple reasons. He didn't specify how long he might remain in San Diego — he's heading into a contract year — while the media has been passing along direct quotes. It was Rivers himself who told the Union-Tribune San Diego he won't be signing an extension. Considering GM Tom Telesco was noncommittal on Rivers Wednesday, his 2015 status remains far from settled.
Apr 23 - 5:20 PM

A Chargers source tells the Union-Tribune San Diego the team has not discussed a Philip Rivers trade with the Titans "at all."

There's been an avalanche of smoke around this rumor, stemming from Rivers' refusal to move to Los Angeles and the Titans' alleged desire to move out of the No. 2 hole in the draft. We don't doubt beat man Michael Gehlken at all, but it wouldn't be the first time a reporter has been lied to a week before the draft. Rivers will continue to be linked in Marcus Mariota trade-up scenarios until the first round is in the books.
Apr 23 - 11:56 AM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco expects to sign FS Eric Weddle to a contract extension.

"He's a major part of our team," Telesco said. "I'm sure our future would have him involved. We've got some players that we'll talk with, extension discussions. Obviously, he's one of those guys." Weddle is holding out of voluntary workouts in search of a new contract. The Chargers have been rebuffed by Philip Rivers in long-term talks, leaving Weddle and contract-year RE Corey Liuget as their top priorities. San Diego isn't expected to approach Weddle until after the draft.
Apr 22 - 6:59 PM

Asked Wednesday whether he's discussed a Philip Rivers trade with the Titans, Chargers GM Tom Telesco replied "I'm going to leave that go."

Telesco had a prime opportunity to shoot down trade rumors and commit to Rivers as the Chargers' 2015 starter. Instead, Telesco was noncommittal and used careful word choice, stating only that it is the Chargers' "plan and intent" for Rivers to stay with the team. Per beat writer Michael Gehlken, the possibility of the Chargers trading Rivers in a deal to acquire Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "seemed real before Telesco stepped to the podium around 11 a.m. Wednesday," and "didn't appear any more ficticious when he left it 33 minutes later."
Apr 22 - 5:04 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said "it's our plan and intent" to keep Philip Rivers "well into the future."

Telesco declined to answer a follow-up question on whether he has talked to the Titans about a possible trade centered around Rivers and the No. 2 overall pick, only saying, "I'm going to let that question go." It's Telesco's most forthright denial we've heard from him, yet, but not one that's going to silence the rumors. Telesco said he was only doing his due diligence by scouting Marcus Mariota.
Apr 22 - 2:12 PM

The Carson (CA) City Council unanimously approved the $1.7 billion privately-financed Chargers-Raiders stadium project on Tuesday evening.

"There are two things we need in California: rain and football," said Carson Mayor Albert Robles. "And football is coming to Carson." The unanimous vote allows the project to skip the environmental review process just as Stan Kroenke's Inglewood project was able to do earlier this spring. It appears the Rams and Chargers-Raiders are in a race to see who can get their stadium built first.
Apr 22 - 8:38 AM

NFL Network's LaDainian Tomlinson doesn't think Philip Rivers will be the Chargers' quarterback this season.

Tomlinson, of course, was Rivers' running back for four seasons. LT has strong connections to the Chargers' organization. "I don't know if Philip wants to be there anymore. I think he has lost confidence in the organization. Him not wanting to go to L.A. is very valid," Tomlinson said. "Philip could be looking at the situation and thinking 'we're not close to winning a championship anytime soon.'"
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 8:55 PM

Chargers FS Eric Weddle skipped the first day of voluntary workouts Monday and is in search of a new contract.

Weddle, 30, is owed a $7.5 million salary in the final year of his deal. "I feel highly, highly disrespected," he said. "... There is no reason for me to put out any more effort." The Chargers have been trying to reach out to Philip Rivers about an extension and, to this point, ignored Weddle's requests. Weddle is a three-time Pro Bowler and the Chargers' defensive captain.
Apr 20 - 8:09 PM

Philip Rivers is in attendance for the start of the Chargers' offseason program.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco will hold a pre-draft press conference later this week, at which point he'll have an opportunity to shoot down Rivers trade rumors. (Or be non-committal.) Entering a contract year, Rivers has no plans to sign a long-term extension with the Chargers, but his future beyond 2015 is entirely up in the air.
Apr 20 - 4:26 PM

Danny Woodhead said he's "not even thinking about" his injury anymore.

Woodhead said he feels "really, really good." He suffered a nasty ankle injury early last season but that's well in the past. He'll participate in the team's offseason program without any restrictions. The 30-year-old should safely return as the Chargers' passing-down specialist this season.
Apr 19 - 11:53 AM

Antonio Gates said his comments indicating he would like a reduced role in 2015 were misunderstood.

"I ain't asking to play less," Gates said. "Every time I'm in a game, I feel like I have the opportunity to make a play. Why would I want to be on the sideline? That defeats the purpose." Gates told Sports Illustrated he played more than the Chargers expected him to in 2014, but he still saw over 200 fewer snaps than in 2013 and was far less involved as a blocker. That usage allowed Gates to stay fresh late in the season and will likely be the blueprint moving forward. Gates' days playing 900 snaps a season are likely over, but he will still be involved enough in the passing game to be a strong fantasy asset.
Apr 18 - 11:59 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego suggests Philip Rivers could retire after this season.

Rivers cut off extension talks with the Chargers in March due to relocation fears. It’s becoming increasingly clear that 2015 could be his last year in San Diego -- assuming he's a Charger this year at all. Rivers, 33, would reportedly consider retirement if confronted with playing in L.A. The Chargers are rumored to be interested in trading up for the No. 2 pick to draft Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
Apr 17 - 5:47 PM

According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Philip Rivers believes the Chargers are "not going to pay him."

In other words, Rivers forcing his way out of San Diego isn't just about relocation fears. Per Cole, the Chargers are "extraordinarily concerned" about Rivers' physical condition, as well, and will most likely package him in a deal for the Titans' No. 2 overall pick. Cole reports that Rivers would "love" to play out his career for the Titans and ex-Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt. The smoke continues to build toward a Bolts/Titans blockbuster, but it doesn't yet appear inevitable.
Apr 16 - 4:16 PM

Antonio Gates indicated he'd like to have his snaps dialed back in 2015.

"With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season," Gates said. "I was playing the whole game. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations." Gates, 35 in June, played 787 snaps last season and saw the sixth-most targets among tight ends on his way to a 69-821-12 line. He admittedly doesn't have many years left and wants to conserve his time. The Ladarius Green plane may actually get off the ground in 2015.
Apr 16 - 8:54 AM


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