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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."

ESPN

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

Jun 17, 2015 12:16 PM

Eric Weddle said the San Diego Chargers have misrepresented the nature of their contract talks.

"Despite our attempts to discuss an extension on multiple occasions, unfortunately the desire has not been mutual," Weddle said. "Contrary to what has recently been said by upper management, there has never been any financial numbers discussed, and the Chargers have never put an offer on the table for us to consider.

"It's obvious that I'm not part of this organization's long-term plan. The NFL is a business, and I can accept that. I just wish the organization had been up-front with me from Day 1."

Weddle is entering the final season of his contract at the age of 30 and has skipped the Chargers' voluntary workouts.

Weddle is the only safety in the NFL named first or second-team All-Pro for five straight seasons. 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

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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NFL To Hold Additional Meeting On Los Angeles In August

Jun 4, 2015 12:31 PM

The NFL owners will have an additional meeting in August to discuss the future of the league in Los Angeles.

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

No major news is expected out of the meeting. 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/NFL.com

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

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Chargers Table Extension Talks With Eric Weddle

Jun 1, 2015 7:41 PM

The San Diego Chargers have decided to table extension talks with Eric Weddle until the 2015 offseason.

Weddle has been skipping OTAs in hopes of a new contract.

Weddle expects to test free agency.

The Chargers' Defensive Player of the Year three of the past four seasons, Weddle told the San Diego Tribune in April that he felt "highly disrespected" by the organization.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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

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Ex-Teammate: Rivers Far More Approachable Than Peyton

May 28, 2015 12:07 PM

Peyton Manning has been affable pitchman in commercials, but his qualities as a teammate have been uneven.

Manning once called Mike Vanderjagt an "idiot kicker" and there's been countless shots over the years visibly disgusted with the performance of teammates.

Orlando Franklin signed with the San Diego Chargers this offseason and he's enjoyed working with Philip Rivers.

"One thing I noticed immediately when I got here is that Philip Rivers is definitely more approachable than Peyton," Franklin said on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. "I don't know if it was because I was a lot younger being that I met Peyton in my second season and now meeting Philip going into my fifth season but definitely I will say Philip is more approachable than Peyton."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers

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Chargers Optimistic About New Deal With Philip Rivers

May 22, 2015 1:23 PM

The San Diego Chargers are now optimistic about their chances of signing Philip Rivers to a long-term extension.

Rivers was in trade rumors leading up to the draft due to his uncertain future with the franchise.

The sides have made "a little progress" on a new deal.

The Chargers could also apply the franchise tag on Rivers in each of the next two offseasons.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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NFL Optimistic Team Will Move To L.A. By 2016

May 19, 2015 1:59 PM

The NFL has a growing confidence that a team will relocate to Los Angeles by 2016.

One source said they’re “confident there’ll be multiple options” and that’s no surprise, given Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s Hollywood Park project and the Carson project, which is being spearheaded by former 49ers executive Carmen Policy, as a potential home for the Raiders and Chargers.

The progress in St. Louis is described as “steady,” while Oakland has “moved backward since March.” 

Albert Breer/NFL.com (via PFT)

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

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Chargers Want More Speed, Turnovers On Defense

May 13, 2015 12:05 AM

The San Diego Chargers invested in running back with their first overall pick, but went defense with their final four picks.

The Chargers are looking for more speed on that side of the ball.

“The most important thing and our No. 1 goal this offseason is playing faster,” Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano said this week. “If we’re thinking too much, we’re not going to play fast. So, our mentality going into this spring is we don’t want thinkers. We want reactors and guys playing fast.”

Second-round selection, linebacker Denzel Perryman, third-round pick, cornerback Craig Mager, fifth-round selection, edge-rusher Kyle Emanuel, and sixth-rounder Darius Philon, a defensive tackle, all ran 40-yard times under five seconds.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, IQ

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Eric Weddle Won't Report To Workouts Without New Deal From Chargers

May 6, 2015 12:03 PM

Eric Weddle is in the final season of his contract with the San Diego Chargers and won't report to voluntary workouts without a new deal.

“I’m not coming in anytime soon until something on their side is said,” Weddle said during an appearance with Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090. “They know where we’re at and they obviously know their stance, so we’ll see what happens from there.”

Weddle said that he’s been in contact with defensive coordinator John Pagano about changes to the team’s defensive playbook and the team doesn’t have any mandatory work until minicamp starts on June 16.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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

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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/NFL.com

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/NFL.com

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.

ESPN

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

Adam Schefter/ESPN

AEG Abandons Pursuit Of Downtown Los Angeles Stadium
AEG invested at least $50 million and five years in their efforts to build a stadium.

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno, Tim Logan/Los Angeles Times

Brandon Flowers, Chargers Agree Upon Four-Year Deal
Brandon Flowers was a late addition to the Chargers' 2014 roster and gave the team an upgrade at cornerback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jacoby Jones Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Chargers
Jacoby Jones is a valuable return man and in three-receiver sets.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Cardinals, Colts, Cowboys, Chargers, Bucs On Adrian Peterson's List
Adrian Peterson would consider a restructuring of his contract to help facilitate a trade.

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

A.J. Smith Retires At 66
A.J. Smith was general manager of the San Diego Chargers between 2003 and 2012.

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Rivers' Contract Unlikely To Be Impacted By Potential Relocation
The Chargers are considering moving to Los Angeles, which won't be a big issue for how Philip Rivers decides his future.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Raiders, Chargers Working Together On Stadium In Carson (Photo)
The Chargers and Raiders will continue to seek public subsidies for new stadiums in their home markets, but they are developing a detailed proposal for a privately financed Los Angeles venue.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.

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