Los Angeles Chargers Wiretap

Antonio Gates Officially Retires From NFL

Jan 14, 2020 8:47 PM

Antonio Gates made his retirement official on Thursday. Gates didn't play in 2019, but he wasn't ready to retire and remained a free agent.

Gates finished the 2018 regular season with 28 receptions for 333 receiving yards and two scores.

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

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Philip Rivers Wants To Play Football But Many Factors At Play

Dec 22, 2019 11:14 PM

The future of Philip Rivers is uncertain at the age of 38 years old and a disappointing 2019 season.

"I'm capable enough physically and mentally, there's no question," Rivers said. "Yes, I do want to play football. I do, and that's how I feel deep down as I stand here."

Rivers, however, also went on to say he will take some time to discuss his decision with his family and also the Los Angeles Chargers to see if they want him back.

"There's a lot of factors," Rivers said. "There's a personal side and family side to mine. I'm going to have a daughter in college as well, too. So time is ticking, and I've got a sixth-grade son that I've got to get ready to coach at some point, so there's all kinds of factors.

"But I know I can still do it, and I know I can still do it at a high enough level for us to win. I have not done it well enough this year, but I still do love to play, and love to lead these guys and this team. It's been an array of things that have compounded, to keep us from winning enough games to advance into the tournament."

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

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Austin Ekeler Expects 'Frenzy' Around Chargers With Free Agency Near

Dec 19, 2019 8:39 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers have a number of players headed for free agency, which could make for a lot of roster turnover this offseason.

Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, Michael Schofield and Hunter Henry are all set for free agency.

Austin Ekeler will be a restricted free agent as well.

"I think upstairs they're trying to keep that on the down low until the season's over because it's about to be a frenzy in our locker room, especially on the offensive side with all the contracts that are coming up," Ekeler said.

"Everyone's kind of looking around like, 'Hey, what do you guys think is going to go on?' None of us know. We don't know what they're going to do upstairs. We know what we want. But that's a different story."

Los Angeles Times

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Melvin Gordon: 'I Don't Know' Where I'll Be Next Season

Dec 4, 2019 8:58 AM

Melvin Gordon sat out the first quarter of the season in hopes of a new contract that never came from the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers are all but out of the playoff picture and questions are surfacing about where Gordon will play next season.

"I don't know, man," Gordon said. "It's hard to look and say you warrant anything when you're losing. I just have to do my job. No one knows their situation. It's the business side of things. I don't know if I'll be here or somewhere else. Hopefully, it is here."

The Chargers will be officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss or Pittsburgh victory.

"It kind of sucks because a lot of the goals I wanted to reach, individually and as a team, will not be attained this year," Gordon said. "It's unfortunate. A lot of hard work, in a sense, is wasted."

L.A. Times

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NFL Source: Chargers' Relocation To L.A. Wasn't Rational

Nov 21, 2019 11:31 AM

Dean Spanos and the Chargers lost out on his plan to build a stadium in Carson, California as Jerry Jones helped facilitate a more ambitious project in Inglewood led by Stan Kroenke and the Rams.

After losing to Kroenke, Spanos blew $15 million on a long-shot ballot initiative for a new stadium in San Diego, which destroy any remaining goodwill with the fanbase.

Many owners believed the NFL's $550 million relocation fee Spanos would need to move to Los Angeles would have been better invested as part of a new stadium in San Diego.

"It wasn't rational," a high-level league source said of the Chargers' decision.

Spanos, however, had grown frustrated by his attempts to build a new stadium in San Diego. Spanos saw the move to Los Angeles as Kroenke's tenant as "a favorable, low-risk deal," according to one of his confidants. 

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Rams, Chargers Had Fewer L.A. Fans Than Several Teams Before Move

Nov 21, 2019 11:21 AM

Research conducted by the NFL indicated the Rams and Chargers had fewer fans in Los Angeles than the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders before they relocated.

The Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis in 1994, while the Chargers only played briefly in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego.

The Chargers typically play their home games in front of more fans of the opposing team, while the Rams also have a tepid home field advantage.

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Chargers Deny Having Interest In London Relocation

Nov 5, 2019 8:00 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have refuted a report his franchise has interest in relocating to London.

"It's total f---ing bulls---," Dean Spanos said. "We're not going to London. We're not going anywhere. We're playing in Los Angeles. This is our home, and this is where we are planning to be for a long f---ing time. Period."

Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reported on Monday the possibility of the Chargers moving to London. The Chargers reportedly would listen if the NFL approached them about London and the other owners are concerned about their situation in Los Angeles.

“Some would be happy …” a high-ranking NFL official told The Athletic. “But all of them (are concerned) about them in L.A. So I think they would get (support).”

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Chargers Fire Ken Whisenhunt As Offensive Coordinator

Oct 28, 2019 10:49 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have fired Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator. 

Whisenhunt was in his second stint with the Chargers. He was the team's offensive coordinator in 2013, then spent two seasons as head coach of the Titans before he returned as Chargers OC beginning in 2016.

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Rams Trade Marcus Peters To Ravens For Kenny Young

Oct 15, 2019 4:41 PM

The Los Angeles Rams have traded Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for Kenny Young.

Peters is in the final season of his existing contract.

The Rams also placed Aqib Talib on injured reserve this week.

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NBC Decides Against Flexing Rams-49ers Over Chargers-Steelers

Oct 3, 2019 2:12 PM

NBC has decided not to flex the Week 6 game between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers to Sunday Night Football.

NBC will instead keep the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Rams lost last week to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and play at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5. The undefeated 49ers host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday Night Football.

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Chargers, Chiefs, Ravens Could Trade For Jalen Ramsey

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NBC Likely To Flex Rams-49ers To SNF For Week 6

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Anthony Lynn: Melvin Gordon Will Be 'No. 1 Guy' When He's Ready

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Melvin Gordon Could Soon Report To Chargers

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chargers Sign Lance Kendricks

Field Yates/ESPN

Melvin Gordon Won't Skip Entire 2019 Season

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Philip Rivers 'At Peace' Entering Contract Year

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Hunter Henry Out 4-6 Weeks With Tibia Plateau Fracture

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Melvin Gordon Prepared To Holdout Until Late November

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Eagles Offer Jordan Howard, Pick Swap To Chargers For Melvin Gordon

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

Mike Pouncey Signs One-Year, $9M Extension With Chargers

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Anthony Lynn On Melvin Gordon Talks: 'Time To Play Football'

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Chargers Break Off Extension Talks With Melvin Gordon

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Melvin Gordon's Holdout Expected To Last Into Season

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Melvin Gordon 'Just Waiting On The Call' From Chargers

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Derwin James Out 3-4 Months With Foot Surgery
Derwin James suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot at practice on Thursday.

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Derwin James Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Foot
Derwin James was an All-Pro as a rookie.

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Philip Rivers Voices Support For Melvin Gordon
Philip Rivers made his first public comments about Melvin Gordon's holdout on Thursday.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Melvin Gordon Requests Trade From Chargers
The Chargers have not budged from their initial offer of $10 million per season to Melvin Gordon.

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Melvin Gordon's Holdout Could Stretch Into Season
Melvin Gordon's holdout for a new contract from the Chargers is expected to be prolonged and could last into the season, according to sources.

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