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Raiders, Chargers Willing To Change Divisions

Aug 17, 2015 8:28 PM

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have agreed upon a switch in divisions if they both move to Los Angeles.

The Chargers and Raiders are rivals in the AFC West, which could make game scheduling and other issues difficult in a shared stadium.


"The teams have made clear to the league and NFL owners that "you send us to LA and you'll make the decision as to who plays in what conference or division," Carmen Policy told reporters.

Michael R. Blood/AP

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

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Philip Rivers Has No-Trade Clause In Extension

Aug 17, 2015 12:37 PM

Philip Rivers has a no-trade clause in his extension with the San Diego Chargers.

Rivers is firmly committed to the organization for the next five years. He previously expressed a reluctance to raise his family in Los Angeles.

The new contract provides Rivers $65 million in guaranteed money, the most of any NFL player currently under contract.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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Philip Rivers, Chargers Agree Upon Extension With $65M Guaranteed

Aug 16, 2015 5:07 PM

Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers have agreed upon a four-year extension.

Tom Telesco said he wanted to make sure that Rivers retired with the Chargers.

The new deal worth $83.25 million with $65 million guaranteed gives Rivers the highest guaranteed money of any player under a current contract.

The Chargers potentially relocating to Los Angeles reportedly had been a source of heartburn for Rivers, who wasn’t keen on moving his family a couple of hours north. 

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor, Signing

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NFL Exec: Oakland Has No Viable Plan To Keep Raiders

Aug 12, 2015 2:01 AM

NFL owners held a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss a possible relocation to Los Angeles.

The Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams all have interest in relocating to Los Angeles.

"The facts on the ground are that there's been no viable proposal to the Raiders," executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations Eric Grubman said after the Special League Meeting on Los Angeles. "... As of yet, there's no proposal for the Raiders to consider."

Added Grubman: "If a proposal is made at any stage, and it's not actionable ... it's really not something the club could act upon."

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Junior Seau's Family Not Allowed To Speak At Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Jul 24, 2015 3:51 PM

Junior Seau's family will not be allowed to speak at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Aug. 8th.

Seau had told this family if he ever made it, he wanted his daughter, Sydney, to introduce him.

The Hall of Fame will only show a video that will commemorate his career, while avoiding questions about his suicide in 2012 and the subsequent diagnosis of traumatic brain injury that doctors said they believed was brought on by hits to his head. Nor will the video mention the lawsuit that Seau’s family has filed against the N.F.L., which is trying to curb injuries in active players and address brain disease in thousands of retired ones.

“It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful,” Sydney said. “I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him.”

Seau’s brain injury and suicide have nothing to with the decision to only show a video, according to Joe Horrigan, a spokesman for the Hall of Fame who has overseen the ceremony for about 20 years.


For deceased inductees, presenters spoke but Horrigan said they often repeated what was in the video, prolonging an already lengthy ceremony. So a few years ago, the Hall eliminated speeches in these cases.

“There was an acceptance speech for deceased players but it got redundant,” Horrigan said. “The honor is supposed to be for the individual.”

Ken Belson/New York Times

Tags: New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers

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Philip Rivers Showing 'Little Urgency' In Negotiating With Chargers

Jul 20, 2015 1:07 PM

Philip Rivers has been showing "little urgency" in negotiating with the San Diego Chargers on a new deal.

The Chargers, however, maintain hope of signing Rivers to a new deal.

Rivers has been reluctant to commit to the Chargers with the franchise potentially moving to Los Angeles.

Rivers has subsequently said that he’s “willing to listen to anything” when it comes to an extension and that it “would be awesome” to remain with the Chargers.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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L.A. Coliseum Offers To Host One NFL Team

Jul 9, 2015 11:00 PM

USC, which operates the Coliseum, confirmed Thursday it will submit a proposal to the NFL. But under the terms of USC's lease with the Coliseum Commission, the university can host only one team at the stadium on a temporary basis of up to four years.


"USC will be responding to the NFL's RFP [request for proposal] and we hope to welcome an NFL team into the Coliseum starting in the 2016 season," Todd Dickey, USC's senior vice president for administration, said in a written statement.

The Rose Bowl decision was especially surprising because in 2005, when the venue gave up its bid to be a permanent NFL home, Pasadena funded an environmental impact report to position the Rose Bowl as a temporary site. 

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Rose Bowl Not Interested In Being Temporary NFL Home

Jul 9, 2015 10:52 PM

Officials of the Rose Bowl do not want their stadium to serve as a temporary home for an NFL team that relocates to Los Angeles.

The RBOC, which runs the Pasadena stadium, decided it was more productive and lucrative for the Rose Bowl to pursue a music and arts festival, which would take place annually during three days in June.


“We believe that a music and arts festival is more fitting with Pasadena's brand and with the future of the stadium,” said Victor Gordo, RBOC president and a member of the Pasadena City Council. “With our desire to have certainty of finances of the stadium, and to have a world-class event that's fitting of the city.”

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Antonio Gates Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

Jul 2, 2015 4:47 PM

Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

In a statement, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, but he acknowledged he did take supplements this offseason and would accept the consequences.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Gates said. "I'd like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."


Tags: San Diego Chargers, Suspension

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NFL Could Use 27,000-Seat Soccer Stadium As Temporary L.A. Venue

Jun 27, 2015 9:58 AM

The NFL has considered moving a team to the StubHub Center in Carson, California as a temporary home for a relocated team to Los Angeles.

The venue is home to the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS and seats just 27,000.

Other temporary stadiums under consideration are the Rose Bowl (where UCLA plays), the L.A. Coliseum (where USC plays) and Major League Baseball’s Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium. All of those are much larger than the StubHub Center, but all of them might also have scheduling conflicts with an NFL team.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Eric Weddle: Chargers Don't Have Me In Long-Term Plans
Eric Weddle is scheduled to make $7.5 million in base salary in the final year of a five-year, $40 million deal.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

NFL To Hold Additional Meeting On Los Angeles In August
The conference will be used as a timeline and process update, focused on the progress of home markets (Oakland, San Diego, St. Louis) to keep their teams.

Ian Rapoport/

Chargers Table Extension Talks With Eric Weddle
Eric Weddle has been skipping OTAs in hopes of a new contract.

Chris Wesseling/

Ex-Teammate: Rivers Far More Approachable Than Peyton
Peyton Manning has been affable pitchman in commercials, but his qualities as a teammate have been uneven.

RealGM Staff Report

Chargers Optimistic About New Deal With Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers was in trade rumors leading up to the draft due to his uncertain future with the franchise.

Ian Rapoport/

NFL Optimistic Team Will Move To L.A. By 2016
The progress in St. Louis is described as "steady," while Oakland has "moved backward since March."

Albert Breer/ (via PFT)

Chargers Want More Speed, Turnovers On Defense
The Chargers invested in running back with their first overall pick, but went defense with their final four picks.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Eric Weddle Won't Report To Workouts Without New Deal From Chargers
Eric Weddle is in the final season of his contract with the Chargers.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Philip Rivers Denies Asking For Trade From Chargers
Philip Rivers had been virtually assured by the front office he wouldn't be dealt.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Philip Rivers Told By Chargers He Won't Be Traded
The Chargers and Philip Rivers will have ongoing extension talks.

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Raiders, Chargers Release Updated Stadium Renderings (Photos)
The revised plans show a futuristic open-air venue that has a peristyle reminiscent of the one at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Chargers, Titans Haven't Held Philip Rivers' Trade Talks
Philip Rivers could reunite closer to home with Ken Whisenhunt and the Titans.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Chargers Confident Extension Will Come With Eric Weddle
Eric Weddle hasn't missed a game the past five years while being named an All-Pro after each of them.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Cardinals, Falcons, Cowboys, Jags, Chargers, Bucs In Mix For Peterson
The Vikings could entice a team to trade for Adrian Peterson once Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are drafted.

Chris Tomasson/Pioneer Press

Tomlinson: Philip Rivers Seems To Have Lost Confidence In Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson himself had a difficult departure from the Chargers.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Chargers Unlikely To Trade Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers is in the final year of his contract, has indicated an unwillingness to engage in contract extension talks and will play out the deal.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Jets, Chargers, Buccaneers To Work Out Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota has a wide draft range from No. 1 to No. 10.

Bryan Fischer/

Chargers Not Entertaining Idea Of Trading Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers is playing out his contract this season and will be a free agent in 2016.

Chris Wesseling/

Stevie Johnson Signs Three-Year Deal With Chargers
Stevie Johnson caught 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns on 50 targets in 13 games for the 49ers.


Ryan Mathews Agrees To Three-Year, $11.5M Deal With Eagles
Ryan Mathews will receive $5 million in guaranteed money.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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