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  • What kind of a deal can the NFL, NFLPA strike?

    Pro Football Talk "The timing was hardly coincidental that the NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement pressing pause on the league’s new anthem policy only hours after word emerged regarding 2018 work rules from the Dolphins that vaguely connected violations of the anthem policy to potential..." July 20

  • The NFL Will Put Its New National Anthem Policy On Hold Amid Discussions With The Players Association

    Uproxx "In May, the NFL unilaterally instituted a new policy surrounding the national anthem that would punish players and teams for kneeling as away to protest police brutality against people of color. On the heels of that one-sided decision, the NFLPA filed a grievance, citing the..." July 20

  • John Schnatter: ‘Papa John’s Doesn’t Want To Do Business With Roger Goodell’

    Total Pro Sports "ohn Schnatter clearly has a wish to end everything he has worded for up to this point, and it’s taken just under a year for him to completely destroy his image. The Papa Johns founder is already at rock bottom, but he decided to dig an even bigger hole on Friday during a recent..." July 15

  • NFLPA exec: 'There are serious consequences' to legalized sports betting

    The Score "NFLPA vice president of business and legal affairs Casey Schwab stated that legalized sports betting could have immense ramifications concerning player privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 in May that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unconstitutional,..." July 15

  • Chargers superfan Boltman retiring; selling costume, rights on eBay

    San Diego Union-Tribune "First, the Bolts. Now, Boltman. In a statement emailed to media members Thursday, Dan Jauregui announced he was retiring as Boltman, the unofficial mascot of the Chargers, and plans to auction off the character. Jauregui said he has listed the costume and “full..." July 14

  • Buffalo Bills showing interest in free agent RB Branden Oliver (report)

    New York Upstate "The Buffalo Bills are reportedly starting to look at free agent running backs following the LeSean McCoy situation. ESPN's Mike Rodak reported on Friday that the Bills have shown interest in setting up a workout with running back Branden Oliver, but added that..." July 13

  • Virgil Green: It’s been easy to adjust to Philip Rivers

    Pro Football Talk "When tight end Virgil Green signed with the Chargers as a free agent this offseason, he was expected to be a complement to Hunter Henry in the lineup. That expectation changed when Henry tore his ACL at a practice in May and left Green as the No. 1 player at the..." July 10

  • NFLPA Files Grievance Over NFL’s Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "The players’ union is filing a grievance against the NFL’s new anthem policy, the NFLPA announced on Tuesday. The union argues that the new policy violates the rights of players.  “Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players..." July 10

  • Jason Verrett is “hungry” after losing most of past two seasons to injuries

    Pro Football Talk "Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett is “happy” with where he is heading into 2017. He’s also “hungry” — very hungry — after two years of injuries. “I think it’s going to be a little bit more juice, just dealing with the fact that I..." July 07

  • Chris Landrum Fulfills Goal of Completing Master's Degree

    Chargers.com "You knew Austin Ekeler completed his bachelor’s degree and Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn walked in UNLV’s commencement ceremony to get handed his diploma, but add Chris Landrum to the list of Chargers who fulfilled higher education goals this offseason. Years in the..." July 07

  • NFL adds 15-yard penalty for grounds crew clearing snow for a field goal

    Pro Football Talk "Just before Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri lined up for a game-tying extra point on a snowy day last season in Buffalo, the Colts sent some sideline personnel onto the field to attempt to remove snow from the area where the kick would be lined up, and help Vinatieri get better footing...." July 06

  • NFL Still Has a Cheating Problem

    Bleacher Report "There's never been a player who quietly inspired more love, and potentially more hate, among NFL wide receivers than the Patriots' Julian Edelman. For years, there have been two differing opinions about Edelman. Some believed he was special—a..." July 06

  • Trump: NFL’s new anthem policy is ‘worse’ than old one

    New York Post "President Donald Trump is not done with the NFL yet, saying the league’s new national anthem policy is “worse” than the original one. During a campaign rally in Great Falls, Mont., Trump took aim at the NFL’s new policy again, which was passed in May and..." July 06

  • The NFL coaches likely on the hot seat

    Houston Chronicle "NFL teams are preparing for training camp and the 2018 season. There are coaches who seem to be on the proverbial hot seat. Three divisions – AFC South, NFC North and NFC West – don't have coaches who have trouble sitting as they enter crucial seasons. It'll be..." July 06

  • Hunter S. Thompson told Colts owner Jim Irsay to draft Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning

    ESPN "What if Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had taken the advice of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, received a $30 million loan from him and selected Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning with No. 1 overall pick in 1998? There likely wouldn't have been the playoff appearances, the Super..." July 05

  • Fully-guaranteed NFL deal would result in shorter contracts

    Pro Football Talk "It’s the annual NBA free-agency frenzy, featuring B-level players getting more money than A-list NFL stars. Among other things, the money handed out to basketball players renews calls for fully-guaranteed NFL contracts. This year, Chargers left tackle and NFLPA executive..." July 04

  • Will Philip Rivers' Experience Be the Difference in the Division?

    Chargers.com "The three youngest quarterbacks in the AFC West — all 30 or under — have shown flashes of promise in the NFL. None, however, are as seasoned as the signal caller in Los Angeles. On Wednesday’s episode of Chargers Weekly, CBS Sports Senior Writer Pete Prisco..." July 02

  • Chargers' staff raving about Derwin James

    ESPN "Derwin James' eyes locked onto Philip Rivers as the veteran quarterback homed in on his target. During a two-minute drill against the first-team offense at Los Angeles Chargers minicamp earlier this month, James read Rivers and stepped in front of a pass intended for Keenan Allen..." July 01

  • NFL saw 73 percent rise in preseason concussions last year

    Pro Football Talk "When training camps open around the league next month, the NFL wants teams to be mindful of the spike in preseason concussions last year. The NFL found that preseason concussions were up 73 percent from 2016 and that most of them occurred in 11-on-11 drills conducted in practices..." June 29

  • Chargers receivers coach: This is a big year for Mike Williams

    Pro Football Talk "Mike Williams has called his rookie season a “bad year.” No one will argue with that. The Chargers receiver dealt with a nagging back injury all year, finishing with only 11 catches in 10 games. “This is a big year for Mike,” receivers coach Phil..." June 25

  • Late-season matchup with Steelers looms large for Chargers

    ESPN "With the offseason in full swing, the month-long break provides some time for self-analysis for both players and coaches. Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he will find time for rest and relaxation, but will also use free time to take a closer look at his roster before..." June 24

  • Lamar Jackson Says Chargers Scout Told Him About Interest in Him as WR

    Bleacher Report "Lamar Jackson recently disclosed he wasn't aware some teams wanted him to run routes at the NFL Scouting Combine until he was approached by a Los Angeles Chargers scout who inquired about the possibility of seeing him work out as a receiver.  "It was a Chargers..." June 24

  • Chargers Are Ready to Claim Their Piece of the Los Angeles Sports Market

    SI "The Los Angeles Chargers headquarters is located in a nondescript leased office building amidst a white-collar industrial sprawl in Costa Mesa, Calif., about 45 minutes from downtown L.A. The building is located to the left of a circular courtyard. To the right of the courtyard is a vacant..." June 21

  • Jason Verrett Returns To Full Participation

    Pro Football Rumors "Good news for Chargers fans (at least for now). Per Dan Woike of the San Diego Union-Tribune, cornerback Jason Verrett was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, the second day of last week’s mandatory minicamp, and he looked like his old self. Woike reports that, over the course of..." June 17

  • Mike Pouncey To Donald Trump: 'If You Wanna Talk, Let's Talk'

    TMZ "L.A. Chargers star Mike Pouncey ?says he's ready and willing to take Donald Trump up on his offer -- telling TMZ Sports, "If he wants to talk, we'll talk." Remember, earlier this month Trump said he wants to reach out to NFL players for input on people in the..." June 17

  • Melvin Ingram at TE? Chargers could do worse

    ESPN "Players and coaches had their bags packed and cars practically idling in the parking lot after the team's final mandatory minicamp practice for the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday. Head coach Anthony Lynn said the last practice focused on younger players, giving them some extra..." June 17

  • Mike Pereira: If the new rules don’t reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport. That’s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this year’s rule changes don’t result in the desired..." June 15

  • Jason Verrett back to full participation in Chargers mini-camp

    Pro Football Talk "Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett was able to fully participate in a practice on Wednesday for the first time since a knee injury ended his 2017 season after just one game. According to Greg Beachum of the Associated Press, Verrett was able to take part in all of..." June 14

  • Report: NFLPA exploring legal options for fighting new anthem policy

    The Score "It appears the NFLPA is preparing for a legal battle with the NFL over its new anthem policy. The NFLPA has hired multiple law firms to begin researching potential avenues to fight the league's policy, a source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Florio..." June 14

  • Chargers contact Antonio Gates about possible reunion

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed Wednesday that the club has reached out to free-agent tight end Antonio Gates after Hunter Henry suffered a season-ending ACL tear last month.    "Obviously, Antonio would be a natural fit," Telesco..." June 14

  • Here's Brett Favre explaining how he basically invented RPOs because he was bored

    CBS Sports "Over the last few seasons, the run-pass option (RPO) has become increasingly popular in the NFL. The way it allows an offense to react to how the defense lines up and then reacts off the snap of the ball makes it easy to avoid negative plays that flow right into what the defense is doing, and..." June 11

  • Melvin Gordon could see bigger role in passing game

    NFL.com "When Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry went down with an ACL tear a hole in the offense was created. Utilizing running back Melvin Gordon more in the passing game is one option for offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to plug the..." June 11

  • Chargers still counting on Jason Verrett to contribute

    ESPN "Los Angeles Chargers special teams coordinator George Stewart needs to fix the team's kicking game after a nightmarish first season leading that all-important third phase of the game for the Bolts. Stewart's primary focus this offseason is selecting a kicker that can make..." June 10

  • Donald Trump asks NFL players to suggest people he should pardon

    WEEI Boston "Donald Trump discussed his plan for presidential pardons on Friday and made an offer to NFL players to suggest to him people he should pardon. "What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular ... they're not proud enough to stand for..." June 08

  • Rams pushing to attract San Diego fans

    Pro Football Talk "When the Chargers ditched San Diego for Los Angeles, it left a void that the Chargers’ landlords hope to fill. The Los Angeles Rams, who are building themselves a new stadium that made the Chargers’ move possible, are now trying to attract disaffected fans from San Diego...." June 07

  • Chargers knew of battery complaint against Chris McCain when they rescinded contract offer

    Los Angeles Times "Former Chargers defensive end Chris McCain has been charged with two counts of battery stemming from an alleged incident Jan. 7, according to a complaint filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney. McCain, 26, is alleged to have spit on and grabbed the neck of the alleged victim, Arpi..." June 07

  • Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram gets to work on making a Super Bowl victory a reality

    Los Angeles Times "Melvin Ingram, one of the Chargers’ top defensive players, stood behind the microphone Monday morning and made a prediction. “This Super Bowl we’re going to win,” he said. And the reaction of the people with the digital recorders, television cameras..." June 05

  • Chargers' Henry: 'I haven't known what to say' since injury

    The Score "Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry's third NFL season ended before it could begin when he suffered a torn ACL during organized team activities in mid-May. As the Chargers continue to evaluate their options at the position in his absence " June 04

  • Have the Chargers done enough to fix the NFL's worst run defense?

    ESPN "With just a week left of organized team activities followed by a three-day, mandatory minicamp, the Los Angeles Chargers are heading down the backstretch of the offseason. During a chat with fans on Friday hosted on the team's website, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said..." June 03

  • Chargers sign Derwin James

    Pro Football Talk "The Chargers have kicked off June by signing their first-round pick from this year’s draft. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Chargers have signed safety Derwin James. James was the 17th overall pick in April and signed a four-year deal with a team option..." June 01

  • The Best Remaining NFL Free Agents

    Pro Football Rumors "The biggest names in this year’s free agent class such as Kirk Cousins, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and Trumaine Johnson have long been spoken for, but plenty of notable players remain on the board here in June. With a hat tip to James Palmer of NFL.com..." June 01

  • Chargers GM: 'We'll see' if Antonio Gates will return

    NFL.com "The concept of Antonio Gates returning to the Chargers is picking up steam. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers wants the veteran tight end back on the roster -- and he might not be alone. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco..." June 01

  • Chargers sign former UCLA tight end Austin Roberts

    Die Hards "The Los Angeles Chargers needed to sign a tight end after starter Hunter Henry tore his ACL during a practice earlier in May. Most thought the team would go re-sign future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates. That has yet to happen, but the Chargers have signed a tight end: UCLA’s Austin..." May 30

  • NFL Owner Admits He Changed His Mind On National Anthem Policy Because of Trump

    12 Up "NFL owners may not all be in lock-step over issues surrounding player protests during the National Anthem, but it's clear that the American president has been a driving force in the conflict-- and has influenced at least a few owners' positions on the matter. Former..." May 30

  • Chargers WR Mike Williams misses practice with hamstring strain

    Yardbarker "Los Angeles Chargers receiver Mike Williams spent Tuesday’s OTA in a place that’s become all too familiar to him since he was drafted in 2017 — on the sideline. Williams, who dealt with injuries for much of his rookie season, sat out of Tuesday’s practice with..." May 29

  • Philip Rivers On Chargers Possibly Re-Signing Antonio Gates: “It Would Get My Vote”

    NFL Trade Rumors "Chargers QB Philip Rivers was asked on Tuesday about the possibility of the team re-signing veteran TE Antonio Gates following the season-ending injury recently suffered by Hunter Henry. “I’d always be excited if he walked back in the door,”..." May 29

  • Chargers WR Mike Williams showing explosiveness at OTAs

    ESPN "Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is preaching patience when it comes to first-round selection safety Derwin James. The Florida State product worked with the second unit at strong safety during the first week of organized team activities. Bradley said that's..." May 27

  • Jason Verrett not yet cleared to practice fully

    Pro Football Talk "In the one season Jason Verrett played more than half the games, the Chargers cornerback earned Pro Bowl honors. But the other three seasons have ended in injury. He played six games his rookie season, four games in 2016 and only one game last season. Verrett is not yet..." May 27

  • DeMaurice Smith: Anthem rule is about exerting control over players

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says the league’s owners are less interested in showing respect for America than in showing they can control their employees with the new rule requiring players who are on the field for the national anthem to..." May 25

  • Report: NFL owners didn’t actually vote on anthem issue

    Pro Football Talk "Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous? Answer: When there’s no vote at all. No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has..." May 24