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Report: Chargers willing to trade Philip Rivers to Titans for No. 2 pick

Philip RiversMarcus Mariota ending up in a Chargers uniform and Philip Rivers being traded to the Titans seems like a realistic possibility the more we’re hearing about things.

Earlier this week, UT San Diego’s Kevin Acee argued that the Chargers should trade Rivers, who is under contract with them for one more season. He said Rivers does not want to move to Los Angeles, which is where the franchise appears to be heading. Instead, Rivers prefers to be traded to the Tennessee Titans.

On Thursday, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole said the Chargers are willing to trade Rivers to Tennessee for the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft, which would likely enable them to select Mariota.

“Sources indicate that the San Diego Chargers will ultimately make a deal with the Tennessee Titans for the No. 2 overall pick,” Cole said on “Inside Buzz.”

An interesting part about Cole’s report is that he says the Chargers would also have to include their first-round pick (No. 17 overall) in the deal, whereas Acee thought the team would be able to keep it. Cole also says the Chargers are not willing to pay Rivers on a long-term deal after his current contract expires because they are worried about his long-term health.

Though Rivers is as tough as they come and has not missed a regular season game since 2006, he has taken a beating and quietly played through multiple serious injuries throughout his career. The Chargers have a much better understanding of the beating his endured than anyone else and would be justified in having concerns about his health over the next few years.

Raiders and Chargers propose joint L.A. stadium as backup

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Two NFL teams sharing a stadium is nothing new, but two teams from the same division playing in the same digs?

The Chargers and Raiders released a joint statement Thursday announcing the pursuit of a new stadium in Carson that will be home to the two AFC West rivals with one caveat. The plan will serve as a contingency as both teams continue to work on stadium solutions in their current markets. Both teams have been trying to get new buildings for years and are operating on year-to-year leases in their current homes.

“We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”

The venue, estimated to cost $1.7 billion, will be privately financed and have a projected capacity of 68,000, expandable to 72,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. One early concept that sounds pretty damn cool — clear seats to reflect the color of the lights shining on them. They could be silver and black for Raiders games and powder blue for the Chargers.

“We’re thinking about the project as a 21st century, next-generation stadium,” said architect David Manica, noting that the venue and renderings are still in the early conceptual stages. “We want it to be the ultimate outdoor event experience, which includes both sports and entertainment. And we want it to be uniquely L.A.”

The Chargers and Raiders have already purchased the land needed to build the stadium. Next they’ll launch a petition drive for a ballot initiative in hopes of getting voter approval for the construction. All signs point to a 2016 relocation target date.

Los Angeles, which has been without an NFL team since the Raiders returned to Oakland in 1995, now has three teams fighting to make the city their home. Rams owner Stan Kroenke proposed to build an 80,000 seat stadium in Hollywood Park in December to bring his team back to Southern California.

Photo courtesy of Manica Architecture

Raiders fans throw eggs at Chargers team bus

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Division rivalries in the NFL are serious business. Earlier this season, we saw a Johnny Manziel dummy hung in effigy at a Steelers tailgate.

On Sunday, the Chargers were in Oakland to play the Raiders and fans of the black & silver let them know how they felt upon their arrival at O.co Coliseum. Courtesy of a member of the Chargers’ PR staff, we get a glimpse of the view from inside the team bus.

San Diego ultimately got the last laugh however, leaving town with a 31-28 victory and keeping Oakland winless (0-5) for another week. If the losses continue to pile up, Raiders fans may begin throwing eggs at their own team.

H/T Bleacher Report

Seahawks gave Chargers the D, apparently

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The Seattle Seahawks really put on a show against the San Diego Chargers on Friday night. Russell Wilson and the first-team offense had their team up 24-0 before calling it a night in the second quarter. The domination Seattle showed, albeit in the preseason, was probably summed up best by the folks at NFL.com.

Hey, that’s one way of putting it.

In all seriousness, I have no idea how this happens. I’ve been trying to think of a headline that would come close to “Seahawks Giving the Dick” that could possibly explain a typo, but I just can’t come up with anything. Anyone have any ideas?

H/T Black Sports Online

Ryan Mathews gave Chargers offensive linemen Gucci watches

Gucci-watchSan Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, rushing for a career-high 1,255 yards and appearing in all 16 games for the first time since he turned pro. Like any other running back in the NFL, Mathews could not have done it without the help of his offensive line. That’s why he decided to thank them all by giving them gifts.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Mathews gave each of his offensive lineman a Gucci watch last week. Center Nick Hardwick was thankful for the gesture but did not seem surprised.

“He’s awesome,” Hardwick said. “That is who he is. It’s not him being humble just to be humble. He truly is that. He’ll grab you and say, ‘Let’s get this done. Let’s get this going.’ He knows it takes all of us. It takes his fullback. It takes his tight ends. It takes the receivers to pop big runs. It certainly takes the offensive line, and he knows that. He’s fully bought into the team concept of ‘us.’”

What was a bit surprising, however, is that Mathews even gave a watch to veteran offensive tackle Willie Smith. Smith was signed as insurance in November and played just six snaps for the Chargers during the regular season.

“I was shocked,” Smith said. “I was like, ‘What the heck? Gucci? On my seat? At my locker? Wow.’ That was my response. I did not expect to get anything. … I didn’t know who it was from until I asked everybody, and they said it was Ryan.”

Mathews refused to talk about the gifts when asked about them, so you know he wasn’t doing it for the publicity. It is not uncommon for running backs and quarterbacks to buy gifts for their offensive lineman, but that doesn’t make it any less thoughtful. And hey, at least Mathews didn’t make his linemen do what Carson Palmer made the Arizona Cardinals hogs do.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Chargers’ controversial fumble not called because of forward progress

The San Diego Chargers really lucked out on Sunday. The Chargers needed the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins to lose on Sunday, and then they needed to win in order to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Luckily for them, Cincinnati beat Baltimore and the New York Jets defeated the Dolphins to give them a great shot at making the postseason. All they had to do was win their game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs did everything possible to help out San Diego. They benched most of their top players — including quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles, receiver Dwayne Bowe and linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson — because they had nothing to gain from the game. Even without their top players, they should have won the game.

Kansas City led first and never trailed during the game. Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field goal attempt with four seconds left that would have won Kansas City the game. Then in overtime, the Chargers ran a fake punt on 4th and 2 from their 28 that also should have cost them the game.

Eric Weddle took a direct snap and rushed straight ahead, but he lost the football and the Chiefs recovered it and returned it for a touchdown. However, referee Bill Leavy announced the Chargers got a first down on the play. Leavy didn’t explain why the fumble didn’t count. Reasons why the fumble wouldn’t have counted could have been because the referees determined Weddle’s forward progress had stopped prior to the fumble, or because his helmet came off, which would have made the play dead. The forward progress decision is not reviewable, but the helmet coming off is.

If the officials determined that Weddle’s forward progress was stopped before the fumble — which is what Pro Football Talk says happened — then FOX officiating guru Mike Pereira says that’s the wrong call.

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Eli Manning ‘forgot’ why he didn’t want to play for San Diego Chargers

Eli-Manning-GiantsMany people forget that Eli Manning was actually drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2004. Less than an hour later, he was traded to the New York Giants after he made it perfectly clear that he had no desire to play for San Diego. The Chargers wound up with Rivers, the Giants got Eli and the rest is history.

At the time, it seemed fairly obvious that Eli’s father Archie Manning wanted him to play in New York. That was believed to be the driving force behind his refusal to play for the Chargers, but don’t expect Eli to admit that. With the Giants visiting San Diego this weekend, reporters asked Manning about the infamous trade on Wednesday. His response was classic.

“I forgot, I think,” Manning said, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “I just can’t remember, it’s been 10 years. It slipped my mind.”

Manning was pressed further when one reporter asked if demanding a trade was simply about maneuvering his way to the right organization.

“Ten years ago, I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t remember.”

Talk about your all-time classic copouts. You would think Manning would anticipate having to field these questions this week and have some better answers than “I don’t know” prepared. Still, he insisted he has nothing against the city of San Diego.

I have nothing against San Diego as a city,” Eli added. “We had our rookie symposium there and besides that, we’ve had a few other things, I know it’s a beautiful city and great weather. There’s a lot of great things to it.”

Eli was traded to the Giants on draft day nearly a decade ago, but don’t expect Chargers fans to let him live it down. He’ll likely be greeted with a chorus of boos on Sunday.

H/T Pro Football Talk