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  Chargers | Casey Hayward comfortable outside    Sun Jul 24, 01:43 PM

San Diego Chargers CB Casey Hayward said he feels more comfortable on the perimeter as opposed to the slot. Hayward and CB Brandon Flowers will battle for the second starting cornerback position opposite CB Jason Verrett during training camp.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin to be returner    Fri Jul 22, 07:30 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin will be the team's punt returner in 2016. Benjamin may not be used as a returner as often if he receives significant snaps at wide receiver.

Footballguys view: Benjamin can break returns for touchdowns, so it adds a very slight bump in leagues that count return touchdowns and a more significant bump in leagues that count return yards. Benjamin still has a strong upside flex play and bye/injury wide receiver as the deep target replacement for Malcom Floyd.

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  Chargers | King Dunlap returning to form    Fri Jul 22, 12:30 AM

San Diego Chargers OT King Dunlap showed renewed and good technique during offseason workouts, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon seeks help for fumbling    Thu Jul 21, 11:53 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon worked with Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson this offseason to help fix his fumbling issues.

Footballguys view: Getting help is good, but having a fumbling problem that requires help is not. Gordon didn't come close to living up to the hype in his rookie year and he's coming off of microfracture surgery. His best hope for fantasy relevance is an improved offensive line and the Chargers turning into a winning team that can manufacture run-friendly game scripts. Chances are Danny Woodhead will be the most valuable Chargers fantasy running back again this year.

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  Chargers | San Diego to have competition for CB job    Wed Jul 20, 06:25 PM

San Diego Chargers CBs Brandon Flowers and Casey Hayward will compete for one of the starting cornerback jobs during training camp.

Footballguys view: It's a three-corner league in today's pass-happy NFL. Flowers has plenty of experience, but he's not quite the player he used to be. Both players will receive meaningful playing time no matter who wins the competition.

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  Chargers | Update on Joey Bosa's contract    Sat Jul 16, 09:59 PM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa hasn't signed his rookie deal because of issues regarding offsets and cash flow, according to sources.

Footballguys view: In today's NFL (with a rookie salary cap), having a first-round pick miss all of minicamp and OTAs due to a contract dispute is a bit surprising. With training camp fast approaching, we have a feeling the two sides will be able to work something out.

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  Chargers | Chris Watt may start camp on PUP list    Fri Jul 8, 04:52 PM

San Diego Chargers OG Chris Watt (knee) may start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he underwent arthroscopic surgery last month.

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  Chargers | Trevor Robinson may be on bubble    Fri Jul 8, 04:33 PM

San Diego Chargers C Trevor Robinson (shoulder) is still recovering from an injury he suffered last season and could be released or asked to restructure his contract since he is scheduled to make $2.3 million in 2016.

Footballguys view: The Chargers are determined to get this line going finally, and try to give Philip Rivers improved protection. If Robinson can't get healthy they have to look elsewhere.

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  Chargers | Max Tuerk signs    Thu Jul 7, 05:57 PM

San Diego Chargers third-round pick C Max Tuerk signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, July 7. Financial terms were not disclosed.


  Chargers | Danny Woodhead to be ready for camp    Thu Jun 30, 04:57 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp despite suffering a sprained ankle earlier in June.

Footballguys view: Woodhead is a solid PPR catch this year again, and should be a nice RB2/RB3 play in PPR leagues. With Melvin Gordon still recovering from microfracture knee surgery he had in January, expect the Chargers to continue to feature Woodhead as a change-of-pace back.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon should be full go    Thu Jun 30, 04:48 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is expected to be 100% healthy when training camp begins in late July. Gordon underwent microfracture knee surgery in early January this year.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Chargers, Gordon and fantasy GMs looking for a nice value. Right now his ADP is 72 overall and RB27, which places him as an RB3. If he's healthy heading into camp, we should see a rise in that average by the end of August, so get in quick as he could have RB2 value this season.

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  Chargers | Chris Watt underwent surgery    Fri Jun 17, 05:15 PM

San Diego Chargers OG Chris Watt (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this month and could start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon has made speedy recovery    Thu Jun 16, 03:10 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) has made a speedy recovery from knee surgery and has been cutting aggressively in team drills during minicamp. 'If you had seen him last Thursday do the conditioning part of the program in the offseason, you would have never known he was injured last year,' head coach Mike McCoy said.

Footballguys view: Gordon is anxious to get back at it and improve over last year's performance. He has a lot of work to do. For now we have him rated as a decent RB3. That may change but we need to see more of him first.

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  Chargers | Coach happy with Melvin Gordon    Wed Jun 15, 08:03 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) worked hard this offseason and appears to be improving each day, according to head coach Mike McCoy. McCoy said he believes Gordon will have an outstanding season in 2016.

Footballguys view: Gordon has to show us he's healthy before we get too excited. He also has nowhere to go but up after last season. We see him as a borderline RB3/RB4 but he has the upside to be more. We just don't trust it yet.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin absent Wednesday    Wed Jun 15, 07:08 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) did not participate in any drills at minicamp Wednesday, June 15.

Footballguys view: Benjamin had a solid season with the Browns last year, but not solid enough for them to hang on to him. He could find some room to work opposite Keenan Allen, and be very productive. Right now we see him as a WR4, but there's potential for more.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen consistent in practice    Wed Jun 15, 07:01 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen showed his precision and good hands at minicamp Wednesday, June 15, according to The San Diego Tribune's Tom Krasovic.

Footballguys view: Allen lost part of the 2015 season to a lacerated kidney, but was tremendous in the first half of the season. We see a healthy Allen as a great WR2 with upside this year.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver looking good    Wed Jun 15, 06:49 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) practiced the way he played before his toe injury Wednesday, June 15, according to The San Diego Tribune's Tom Krasovic.

Footballguys view: Oliver has done a good job when he needed to step up and he could push Melvin Gordon for time if the latter is too slow in recovering from surgery. As of now he's not worth a roster spot, but keep an eye on him if anything goes sideways in Gordon's recovery.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead has ankle sprain    Wed Jun 15, 06:42 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle in practice Wednesday, June 15.

Footballguys view: A sprain is OK, though we hope he can get it right before camp as those things can linger a bit. Woodhead has a good chance to put up RB3 numbers in a standard league and perhaps low-end RB2 numbers in a PPR league.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon will be ready    Wed Jun 15, 05:15 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is confident in his knee and in his game. He added that when it's time to buckle up and get ready for training camp then he'll be ready.

Footballguys view: Melvin Gordon underwent microfracture surgery on his knee in January, and it doesn't give us the warm and fuzzies that he is coming off surgery. We'd like to see him now, but camp will have to do. If he is able to go, we're predicting him to fall just shy of the 1,000 yard mark in our projections, and his ADP is RB26 in drafts right now.

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  Chargers| Danny Woodhead hurt, walks off    Wed Jun 15, 03:19 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (leg) was injured during practice Wednesday, June 15, but walked off the field under his own power.

Footballguys view: It doesn't seem serious, but you never know. Keep it locked here and we'll keep you up to date. Woodhead has been a versatile weapon for the Chargers and should do the same this season, though he may see less passes thrown his way if the receivers are less banged up. We could see him as a solid RB3 in a standard league or as a borderline RB2/RB3 in a PPR league.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa absent    Tue Jun 14, 11:23 AM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa is absent from minicamp Tuesday, June 14, amid a contract dispute. Per sources familiar with negotiations, a main hurdle relates to offset language. Bosa's representation is pushing for there to be none. That would mean the Chargers pay him all of his four-year guaranteed contract - it will include a fifth-year team option - even if they release him sometime during it. Theoretically, Bosa thereby can double-dip and be paid full salaries from the Chargers and any new team with whom he signs if he were released.

Footballguys view: The 3rd-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Bosa is a pass-rusher who plays with a non-stop motor. They'll figure this thing out eventually, and Bosa is set to start at left defensive end on the other side of Corey Liuget.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen lands big deal    Sat Jun 11, 12:37 AM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen's four-year contract extension is worth more than $11 million per year, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Locking up Allen makes a lot of sense for the Chargers. A lacerated kidney ended his 2015 season, but if healthy we all know that Allen can be a dominant force on offense. Allen should be a WR1 for fantasy owners in 2016, and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has got to make him the centerpiece of the offense.

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  Chargers | Four-year extension for Keenan Allen    Sat Jun 11, 12:18 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen has reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Last year, Allen was on pace for 1,450 yards and 8 touchdowns through eight games. He was the WR6 in fantasy football through the first half of the year before a lacerated kidney ended his season. The Chargers made a good move locking up Allen. He's a WR1 for fantasy owners in 2016 as the likely centerpiece of the Chargers offense.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen extension coming?    Mon Jun 6, 08:14 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen and the Chargers have been in talks on a possible four- or five-year extension that would keep Allen around for a while, according to multiple sources. He was targeted almost 90 times and had four touchdowns in just half a year in 2015.

Footballguys view: Allen has a ton of talent, and he can be a dominant player on the field....he just needs to stay healthy. We could see the Chargers lock him down for a fair price now with the hopes that he can stay healthy and continue to dominate. Allen's current ADP is WR9 (2.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon on the field Monday    Mon Jun 6, 06:16 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) participated in a few snaps during organized team activities Monday, June 6, and looked more active than he did last week.

Footballguys view: That's a good sign for the young runner. The Chargers are likely to use a RBBC this year with Gordon and Danny Woodhead. Gordon is still recovering from microfracture surgery that he had earlier this year. The plan is for him to be near full strength for the start of training camp.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver looking good    Mon Jun 6, 06:15 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) was able to make cuts during organized team activities Monday, June 6, and does not appear to be bothered by the toe injury that ended his 2015 season early.

Footballguys view: Oliver can be a spot starter for the Chargers if needed. He can help lighten the workload of Melvin Gordon as the second-year pro continues to recover from microfracture knee surgery from earlier this year.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry needs to improve blocking    Fri Jun 3, 03:28 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry needs to improve his blocking skills if he wants to become a complete tight end but that is true for most young tight ends, according to tight ends coach John McNulty.

Footballguys view: Tight ends usually take some time to get up to speed in the NFL. Henry has a game similar to that of Jason Witten (Cowboys). He was the best tight end in this draft class, and he should be groomed as the heir apparent behind Antonio Gates.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry signs     Thu Jun 2, 06:51 PM

San Diego Chargers rookie TE Hunter Henry signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, June 2. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Henry might be the replacement for Antonio Gates but every time we think that about a tight end in San Diego it doesn't happen (see Lardarius Green). Henry was the best tight end in this draft class, and he reminds many in the scouting community of Jason Witten (Cowboys). He'll see use as a rookie but barring an injury to Gates the torch won't be completely passed this year. It may never be passed as we suspect Gates could be a vampire or some other immortal.

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  Chargers | Brett Boyko signs    Thu Jun 2, 04:23 PM

Free-agent OT Brett Boyko (Eagles) signed with the San Diego Chargers Thursday, June 2.

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  Chargers | Zeth Ramsay waived    Wed Jun 1, 05:17 PM

San Diego Chargers OT Zeth Ramsay was waived Wednesday, June 1.


  Chargers | Melvin Gordon not fully healthy    Tue May 31, 05:42 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is not at 100% yet at this point in the offseason, and he wasn't expected to be. He is still taking part in individual and team drills, though, after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in early January.

Footballguys view: Gordon had microfracture surgery back in January, and that's something that doesn't just clear up quickly. The team will monitor him this offseason and he may even see his snaps monitored closely in training camp.

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  Chargers | Tourek Williams practicing     Tue May 31, 02:45 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Tourek Williams (foot) participated in practice Tuesday, May 31, after missing last season with a foot injury.

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  Chargers | Chargers leaning towards RB committee    Fri May 27, 02:38 PM

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will each be 'used to their strengths' in the upcoming season in helping comprise a committee, according to running backs coach Ollie Wilson. 'Those guys can do a lot of different things and they have all bought in to working together and having their own role instead of being (angry) not getting all the touches,' he said. 'They understand we don't have just one starter here. They are all part of our scheme and system.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners are anticipating this according to the latest ADP for the Chargers backs. The news of Gordon's microfracture knee surgery has caused his draft stock to take a tumble. He currently sits at RB27 (6.07) while Woodhead is at RB24 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Matt Daniels goes to IR    Tue May 24, 05:22 PM

San Diego Chargers S Matt Daniels (leg) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, May 24.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon recovering well    Mon May 23, 03:17 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) participated in individual drills during organized team activities Monday, May 23, and is rehabilitating well from microfracture knee surgery he had in January.

Footballguys view: The Chargers and fantasy owners are holding their collective breath about Gordon. The speedy back can be the centerpiece of the Chargers offense if healthy. At this time, Gordon is expected to be ready for training camp later this year.

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  Chargers | Bryn Renner released    Tue May 17, 05:10 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Bryn Renner was released Tuesday, May 17, in light of the Chargers claiming QB Zach Mettenberger.

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  Chargers | Claim Zach Mettenberger    Tue May 17, 04:27 PM

Free-agent QB Zach Mettenberger (Titans) was claimed by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, May 17.

Footballguys view: Mettenberger now gets reunited with former Titans head coach (and current Chargers OC) Ken Whisenhunt. We're not counting on some sort of career resurrection, but Mettenberger could win the backup job behind Philip Rivers in 2016. Kellen Clemens will be Mettenberger's competition for the no.2 job and a spot on the 53-man roster.

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  Chargers | Vi Teofilo signed    Mon May 16, 03:05 PM

Undrafted free-agent OG Vi Teofilo (Arizona State) signed with the San Diego Chargers Monday, May 16.

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  Chargers | Matt Slauson could play center    Sat May 14, 03:56 PM

San Diego Chargers OG Matt Slauson may play at center when he joins the Chargers, according to head coach Mike McCoy, with C Trevor Robinson (undisclosed) and OG Chris Watt (shoulder) working their way back from injuries.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry impressing    Sat May 14, 03:11 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been dominant in team drills at the Chargers' rookie minicamp. The rookies will mix in with the veterans Monday, May 16.

Footballguys view: Henry is an impressive player, so it's not a surprise that he's make a positive mark early in rookie minicamp. Antonio Gates is still the main TE for the Chargers, but he could get phased out at some point this year to make room for Henry in the offense. He reminds us of Jason Witten (Cowboys) because of his smooth athleticism and ability to work well on underneath routes.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa works at both DE spots    Fri May 13, 05:54 PM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa lined up at right defensive end at the start of practice Friday, May 13, but also received some work at left defensive end.

Footballguys view: Bosa gets off the line quickly, he plays with a relentless motor and he arrives at the ball-carrier with nasty intentions. The Chargers may have found their version of Derek Wolfe (Broncos) for a defense that needs help up front.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry performs well    Fri May 13, 05:53 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry showed sure hands and solid route running during practice Friday, May 13. Henry also worked on kick coverage during practice.

Footballguys view: This wasn't a great TE class, but Henry was the best TE in the 2016 NFL draft. Just think Jason Witten (Cowboys) when considering what the rookie could be in the NFL. Antonio Gates isn't getting any younger, and Henry should take over as the lead TE at some point...perhaps even later this year.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen will be a focal point    Fri May 13, 03:47 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen will be a focal point on offense in 2016, but he will have to show he can beat man coverage against some of the better cornerbacks in the league, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Footballguys view: That's good news for the Chargers...so long as Allen can stay healthy. The team wants to run the ball with Melvin Gordon, but when they go to the air it should be Allen as the primary target. They added Travis Benjamin in free agency earlier this year to help stretch the field as a vertical threat. Allen has WR1 upside--again--if he can stay healthy.

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  Chargers | San Diego to use all RBs    Fri May 13, 03:46 PM

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will all receive playing time in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Footballguys view: Whisenhunt said there will be times that two of the running backs will be on the field at the same time. The team will have packages for each running back so they can put them in positions where they will succeed. This RBBC may be something fantasy owners want to avoid. However, Woodhead should once again provide value for players in PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Waive Michael Huey    Thu May 12, 05:41 PM

San Diego Chargers OG Michael Huey was waived Thursday, May 12.


  Chargers | Melvin Gordon had microfracture surgery    Mon May 9, 11:57 PM

Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in January, and he was given a recovery timetable of four to six months. Gordon participated in on-field drills Monday, May 9, but admitted he's not yet 100%. 'I'm not where I want to be, but I think I'm ahead of schedule,' Gordon said. 'I'm sprinting pretty well. I'm cutting. No question, I'll be ready for training camp. I'm not even worried about that.'

Footballguys view: Microfracture surgery is a huge concern, although it's not quite as scary as it used to be. Guys like Travis Kelce (Chiefs) have come back from the procedure and performed well. Watch Gordon's recovery as he comes back from this major surgery, but note that the Chargers do not think he'll miss significant time in training camp.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon ahead of schedule    Mon May 9, 05:58 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is ahead of schedule and will be ready for training camp. Gordon is recovering from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have made multiple moves to make Gordon the centerpiece of their offense. They've continued to improve the offensive line, and that should greatly help Gordon find running room in 2016. We feel Gordon needs to stop checking the box score to see what Rams RB Todd Gurley is doing. If he just plays within his game, Gordon can be an effective (and dangerous) starter for the Chargers.

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  Chargers | Matt Slauson joins Chargers    Sat May 7, 05:50 PM

Free-agent OG Matt Slauson (Bears) agreed to a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers Saturday, May 7, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Chargers continue to upgrade their offensive line...a note that Melvin Gordon's fantasy owners should take note of. The team has worked diligently to improve their rushing attack after Gordon had a disappointing rookie season in 2015.

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  Chargers | Jatavis Brown signs first contract    Thu May 5, 01:10 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Jatavis Brown signed his rookie deal Thursday, May 5.

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  Chargers | Matt Slauson could be center option    Wed May 4, 09:03 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent OG Matt Slauson (Bears) is meeting with the San Diego Chargers they see him as a possible option at center, according to a source.

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