Chargers Rumors & News

  • Melvin Gordon's 5th-Year Contract Option Picked Up by Chargers

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Chargers will keep running back Melvin Gordon through at least the 2019 season after they picked up the fifth-year option on his contract Monday. General manager Tom Telesco announced the news at a press conference, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. Warren Sharp broke..." April 23

  • Chargers RFA wideout Tyrell Williams signs his tender

    Pro Football Talk "Now that the deadline to sign offer sheets with other team has passed, there’s no real incentive for restricted free agents not to sign. Thus, Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams has signed his RFA tender from the Chargers, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That leaves just two unsigned..." April 23

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Dwight Freeney to Retire as a Colt After 16 Seasons in the NFL

    SI "After 16 years in the NFL, Dwight Freeney will sign a one-day contract with Indianapolis to retire a Colt, the team announced Thursday. The defensive end was a 2002 first-round pick out of Syracuse, and he played 11 seasons with Indianapolis, earning a 2007 Super Bowl ring with the team. He..." April 20

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Source: Chargers rescind Chris McCain’s RFA tender

    Pro Football Talk "Another pass rusher has entered the free-agency market, more than a month after the market opened. Per a league source, the Chargers have rescinded the restricted free-agency tendered placed on defensive end Chris McCain. The Chargers applied a right-of-first-refusal tender to McCain, who..." April 17

  • Philip Rivers addresses chance of Chargers drafting QB

    NFL.com "Philip Rivers isn't getting any younger, but make no mistake: The 2018 Los Angeles Chargers are his team. The quarterback's coach said as much with the draft 10 days away and a crop of signal-callers available for selecting. "Philip, he's still playing like a young man," Chargers head coach..." April 17

  • Chargers Rescind DE Chris McCain’s Restricted Tender

    NFL Trade Rumors "Pro Football Talk hears that the Chargers have pulled the restricted tender they made to DE Chris McCain. Los Angeles placed the original-round restricted tender on McCain, which would have cost them $1.907 for the 2018 season. However, it appears as though they changed their mind and are now..." April 16

  • Chargers Rework Corey Liuget’s Contract

    Pro Football Rumors "The Chargers and defensive tackle Corey Liuget have agreed to terms on a revised contract to keep him in Los Angeles for another season, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Liuget was set to earn $8MM in 2018, but his status was unclear heading into this year. Liuget will miss..." April 16

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Keenan Allen not happy with Chargers’ moves this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Chargers’ offseason is perplexing even their star players. Chargers wideout Keenan Allen took to Instagram on Sunday to question the team’s decision to rescind defensive end Chris McCain’s RFA tender, making him an unrestricted free agent. Allen posted an image of the McCain..." April 16

  • Chargers' defensive line needs help stopping the run

    Los Angeles Times "Before the 2016 NFL draft, the Chargers sat in a position of control. They owned the No. 3 pick and knew — thanks to trades by the Rams and Eagles that landed those teams Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, respectively — they'd have their choice of any non-quarterback available. The pick was a..." April 15

  • Chargers have a terrific crew at cornerback, but they still need plenty of help at safety

    Los Angeles Times "If there was a defining image from the Chargers' 2017 season, it was the team's defensive backfield mugging for cameras in the end zone, celebrating a turnover. It was a group celebration, done plenty of times as it developed into one of the most dominant units on the team. Cornerback Casey..." April 14

  • Chargers waive Kenneth Farrow, Nick Rose

    Pro Football Talk "The Chargers announced they waived running back Kenneth Farrow and kicker Nick Rose on Friday. Farrow signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He made the Chargers’ 53-player roster and played in 13 games with two starts as a rookie, gaining 192 yards on 60 carries. He also..." April 13

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Top 5 teams to watch for as Giants consider Odell Beckham trade

    New York Daily News "The New England Patriots' sudden boatload of four draft picks in the top two rounds of this month's draft screams a big Bill Belichick move upcoming — for a quarterback, perhaps? Or maybe even (why not?) for Odell Beckham Jr. That's not a likely outcome, but it's not impossible, either. For..." April 06

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Chargers doing quarterback homework, again

    Pro Football Talk "Twelve years after the Chargers drafted Philip Rivers in the first round with Drew Brees on the roster, they’re once again exploring the possibility of drafting a first-round quarterback with Rivers on the roster. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Chargers once again are exploring top-shelf..." April 04

  • 49ers sign free-agent linebacker Korey Toomer

    Sacramento Bee "The 49ers added more depth to their linebacking corps Wednesday when they signed free agent Korey Toomer to a one-year deal. Toomer, 29, is familiar to 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who was part of the Seattle Seahawks' staff when that team used a fifth-round draft pick on Toomer in..." April 04

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Los Angeles Chargers signing Geno Smith to 1-year deal

    NFL.com "Insurance for Philip Rivers will come in the form of Geno Smith for the Los Angeles Chargers next season. The Bolts announced Sunday they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the former New York Giants and New York Jets quarterback." April 02

  • Chargers sign Jaylen Watkins

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles didn’t want Jaylen Watkins, at least not at a certain price, but he has found a home. The Chargers announced they had signed the former Eagles cornerback, who was not tendered an offer as a restricted free agent. The Chargers could use him at either safety or corner, and they need..." March 30

  • Chargers OC meets with Lamar Jackson after pro day

    NFL.com "The talk during Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson's pro day revolved around the Heisman winner's supposed inaccessibility to teams trying to arrange meetings. At least one club had no trouble sitting down with Jackson on Thursday. The Los Angeles Chargers were one of 32 teams in attendance..." March 29

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • Former Jets, Giants QB Geno Smith visiting Chargers on Wednesday: source

    New York Daily News "Geno Smith is visiting the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday, according to a source. The former Jets second-round pick rehabilitated his knee and perhaps his image in one season as a Giant in 2017, recovering from an October 2016 torn ACL to back up Eli Manning last fall. Smith impressed..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • Corey Liuget takes “full responsibility” for four-game PED suspension

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has suspended Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget for the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, via multiple reports. He released a statement: “I made a mistake and take full responsibility,” Liuget said, via Fernando Ramirez of NBC San..." March 23

  • Corey Liuget suspended four games for PED violation

    ESPN "Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Friday. "I made a mistake and take full responsibility," Liuget said in a..." March 23

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Eric Weddle Goes Off On Chargers, Throws Shade At Spanos Family

    The Big Lead "Eric Weddle was a rock at the back of the San Diego Chargers’ defense for nine years. After being selected by the franchise in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft, he went on to be a five-time All-Pro for the organization. He was a Ring of Honor candidate who is almost universally beloved by..." March 21

  • Ex-NFLers say league is trying to ‘rig’ concussion settlement, dementia claims are going unpaid

    New York Daily News "Victims of NFL concussions are tired of waiting for their money. Frustrated that their clients aren't getting paid fast enough, lawyers for players entitled to a share of the league's billion-dollar class-action concussion settlement said the NFL needs help finding its wallet. Specifically,..." March 21

  • West Coast teams want NFL rule limiting early kickoffs

    Pro Football Talk "Teams that play in the Pacific time zone are tired of early kickoffs on the East Coast (and even earlier kickoffs in London), and they want the NFL to limit them. Toward that end, the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals have proposed a rule to be discussed at next week’s league meeting that would..." March 20

  • Spring league Alliance of American Football to launch in 2019 on CBS

    CBS Sports "The XFL, the controversial football league founded by Vince McMahon in 1999 that lasted just one season, is set to return in 2020. But it won't be the only new professional football league -- or even the first to begin play. Charlie Ebersol -- the son of NBC executive Dick Ebersol, McMahon's..." March 20

  • NFL VP Troy Vincent confirms changes to NFL catch rule

    ESPN "The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington..." March 20

  • Proposed rule could allow officials at NFL office to eject players after instant replay

    Sporting News "Egregious “non-football acts" could be subject for ejection next season even if referees don't call for expulsion on the field. Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, told USA Today Sports on Monday that the league’s competition committee will propose a rule allowing..." March 20

  • Colts Meet With LB Korey Toomer

    Pro Football Rumors "The Colts are meeting with linebacker Korey Toomer on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Toomer has spent the last two seasons with the Chargers but is now exploring free agency. Toomer came to the Bolts in 2016 when he was signed off of the Raiders’ practice squad. Since then, he has..." March 19

  • Mike Pouncey, Chargers agree to two-year contract

    USA Today "Philip Rivers has a new protector up front. Center Mike Pouncey agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Pouncey was released by the Miami Dolphins last Thursday amid the team's offense line shuffle, including a trade for center..." March 19

  • Mike Pouncey visiting the Chargers

    Pro Football Talk "A day after being released by the Dolphins, free agent center Mike Pouncey has scheduled his first visit. Pouncey will visit the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 28-year-old Pouncey has played his entire career with the Dolphins, who chose him in the first round of the 2011 NFL..." March 16

  • Chargers sign kicker Caleb Sturgis

    Chargers.com "The Los Angeles Chargers vowed to leave no stone unturned in their quest to upgrade the kicking game in 2018. They did just that on Friday, signing Caleb Sturgis to a two-year contract. The 28-year old Sturgis has appeared in 62 career games over five seasons with the Miami Dolphins and..." March 16

  • Chargers agree to 2-year deal with Michael Schofield

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to a two-year contract with offensive lineman Michael Schofield, the team announced Wednesday. Schofield spent the 2017 campaign with the Chargers, playing in 15 games and making five starts at left tackle in place of the injured Joe Barksdale. The..." March 14

  • Chargers re-sign S Adrian Phillips

    USA Today "The Chargers came into the offseason with two safeties headed for free agency, but they’ve reached a new deal with one of them. Los Angeles announced that they have re-signed Adrian Phillips to a one-year deal. The 25-year old safety was set to be a restricted free agent had they not come to an..." March 14

  • Chargers add tight end Virgil Green

    Pro Football Talk "The Chargers are being subtle about this, unlike other teams, but they’re still making moves. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Chargers are signing Broncos tight end Virgil Green. The 29-year-old Green caught just 14 passes last year, but that’s not really his job." March 14

  • Sebastian Janikowski visiting the Chargers

    Pro Football Talk "Sebastian Janikowski is leaving the Raiders, but he might not be leaving the state of California or the AFC West. Janikowski is expected to visit the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports." March 14