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A.J. Smith Retires At 66

Mar 1, 2015 10:55 AM

A.J. Smith has retired after four decades in NFL front offices.

Smith was general manager of the San Diego Chargers between 2003 and 2012.

Smith was most recently a senior executive with Washington.

“We had a family discussion and an actual voting process. It was unanimous!” Smith wrote in an e-mail. “… We have experienced incredible highs and lows in our 38-year ride. At the age of 66, it's time for me to enjoy my family and friends more than ever before. I will now get going on my long-awaited bucket list.”

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor

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Rivers' Contract Unlikely To Be Impacted By Potential Relocation

Feb 24, 2015 10:46 AM

Philip Rivers is entering the final season of his contract with the San Diego Chargers and has said that uncertainty of the franchise's future won't be a big issue in negotiations.

The Chargers are considering a move to Los Angeles.

"Is the location of this team going to be a deciding factor? I can't honestly tell you that it will be," Rivers said, via "Is it a factor at all? Sure, but I can't tell you that it's at the top of the list, because it's just really not. That goes without saying I hope we're staying. But should we move, it doesn't move to the top of my list for deterrents for not being a Charger."

Rivers is set to make $15.75 million in base salary in 2015 with a $17 million cap hit. Both sides want to work out a deal, but have yet to start discussing any restructuring to Rivers' contract, per ESPN.

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

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Raiders, Chargers Working Together On Stadium In Carson (Photo)

Feb 19, 2015 9:45 PM

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are moving forward on a plan to build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, which is located south of Los Angeles.

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.

This latest high-stakes move was precipitated by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who announced in December his plan to build an 80,000-seat stadium on the land that used to be Hollywood Park.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Legal

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1


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NFL Waiting On Better L.A. Stadium Offers

Dec 21, 2014 2:21 PM

The NFL wants better options and offers on a stadium site in Los Angeles before a team actually makes a decision on relocating.

The St. Louis Rams are the clear frontrunner to move to Los Angeles when the time comes, according to Jay Glazer.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

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

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Philip Rivers May Need Offseason Back Surgery

Dec 21, 2014 1:24 PM

Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his lower back and may need surgery in the offseason.

Rivers has dealt with a rib ailment for much of the season, but the back is the present issue and what forced him to miss recent practice time.

Rivers was 33-for-54 with 356 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions Saturday at Levi's Stadium in the San Diego Chargers' 38-35 comeback win.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Injury

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NFL Won't Relocate To Los Angeles In 2015

Dec 20, 2014 2:57 PM

Roger Goodell told the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams that there will not be a team that moves to Los Angeles for next season, according to league sources.

Goodell also told the Chargers, Raiders and Rams -- each of whom can file a relocation application for the 2015 season starting Jan. 1 -- that any team that is considering relocating to Los Angeles should look to 2016 instead, according to sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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

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Philip Rivers Battling Serious Back Injury

Dec 18, 2014 1:15 PM

Philip Rivers, who missed practice Wednesday, is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, a league source said.

Rivers' back injury was quietly added to San Diego's injury report last week, to go along with the rib injury he has been battling for weeks. By now, Rivers' rib injuries are improved, making his back injury the significant issue, a league source said.

Rivers has struggled in recent weeks, but he expects to play on Saturday at the San Francisco 49ers.

"At this point in the week I think there's no doubt," he said Wednesday.


Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Injury

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Chargers Won't Relocate For 2015 Season

Dec 16, 2014 10:32 PM

The San Diego Chargers have announced they will not relocate ahead of the 2015 season.

“It’s great news,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday night. “The Chargers belong right here in San Diego. I’m looking forward to working productively with them on a solution, and I’m confident we can achieve one together -- and one the public will support.”

The Chargers would have had to pay the City of San Diego $17.6 million to leave in 2015.

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, the team’s point man in its quest to get a new stadium built, said in a statement that the Chargers will “keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super Bowl-quality stadium in San Diego. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s (14th) year of work on a San Diego stadium solution.”

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

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Keenan Allen Likely To Miss Week 16 With Broken Collarbone

Dec 16, 2014 3:38 PM

Keenan Allen has a broken collarbone and is expected to miss the San Diego Chargers' Week 16 game at the San Francisco 49ers.

Allen hasn't had surgery to repair the collarbone, and no such procedure is currently planned.

His 77 catches for 783 yards lead the team, also adding four touchdowns.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Fantasy, Injury

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NFL Appears Unlikely To Relocate To L.A. In 2015
The NFL isn't sure which team or teams they want to relocate to Los Angeles.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Chargers Seek Consensus On San Diego Stadium Deal
The Chargers are keeping a watchful eye on what happens in Los Angeles while trying to build a new stadium in San Diego.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Raiders, Seahawks Could Switch Divisions Depending On L.A. Moves
If the Raiders and Chargers were to both move to Los Angeles, the NFL would like one of those teams to move to the NFC West.

Jason Cole/Bleacher Report

Report: NFL Plans To Send 1-2 Teams To L.A. Within Two Years
The timeline would include a team announcing its intention to move in the 2015 or 2016 offseason.

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

Danny Woodhead Out For Season With Broken Fibula

Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List
Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

Bill Barnwell/Grantland

Danny Woodhead Signs Two-Year Extension With Chargers Through 2016
Danny Woodhead proved to be an excellent fit last season in joining the Chargers from the Patriots.

RealGM Staff Report

2014 NFL Draft: Complete First Round
Teddy Bridgewater was a candidate to go first overall to the Texans back in January, but they instead went with Jadeveon Clowny and the QB was selected by the Vikings at No. 32.

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Telesco: NFL Teams Don't Seem To Make Huge Draft Mistakes Anymore
The Chargers employ six area scouts who each cover about 35-45 schools.

Tom Krasovic/San Diego Union-Tribune

Seahawks To Host Packers To Launch 2014 NFL Season
The Seahawks will play the Packers to open up the NFL season.

RealGM Staff Report

Chargers Exercise Option On Corey Liuget
Corey Liuget's option is worth $6.969 million instead of $10.633 million, a savings of $3.694 million.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Shawne Merriman Joins WWE
Shawne Merriman played collegiately at Maryland and was a three-time All-Pro with the Chargers.

Testudo Times

Donald Brown Signs $10.5M Deal With Chargers
The Chargers have agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal with Donald Brown.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Raiders, Broncos, Rams, Chargers, 49ers Have Toughest 2014 Schedule
The AFC West also plays the NFC West in inter-conference games this season.


Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers Listed As Early Super Bowl XLIX Favorites
The Las Vegas Hilton has posted its early odds for Super Bowl XLIX, which will take place in Arizona in 2015.

David Fucillo/Niners Nation

Philip Rivers Named NFL Comeback Player Of The Year
Philip Rivers received 13 votes, ahead of Knowshon Moreno and Jason Peters, who each had eight votes.

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Bengals Become 3rd Team Since '90 To Have Both OC, DC Become HCs
The Bengals join the '94 49ers and '06 Chargers in having both coordinators leave for head coaching jobs.

Chase Stuart/Football Perspective

Divisional Round Games Average 34.3M Viewers
The Broncos' win over the Chargers drew 41.2 million viewers.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Titans Hire Ken Whisenhunt
Ken Whisenhunt spent the 2013 season as offensive coordinator of the Chargers.

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