Player News - Chargers

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Chargers OL Forrest Lamp (knee) is the leading candidate to start at right guard.

Lamp was in line to start as a rookie before missing the entire year with a torn ACL. The Chargers expect him to be ready for training camp and are counting on him at one of their guard spots. With Matt Slauson a free agent, Dan Feeney could start opposite Lamp.
Feb 24 - 3:42 PM

Chargers OG Forrest Lamp (knee) is on track for training camp.

Lamp is five months into his ACL rehab. He's been cleared to run but looks likely to sit out OTAs. After missing his entire rookie year, a healthy Lamp should upgrade the interior of the Chargers' offensive line.
Feb 14 - 7:02 PM

Chargers CB Casey Hayward could be extended this offseason.

Hayward is entering the final season of a three-year, $15.3 million deal signed in 2016. He's in line for a raise coming off consecutive Pro Bowls and is a candidate to be locked up before training camp. 28-year-old Hayward will likely push for top-15 corner money.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 5:31 PM

Associated Press named Chargers WR Keenan Allen its 2017 Comeback Player of the Year.

Allen had been healthy for only nine games over the past two seasons. He came back from a torn ACL to play in all 16 games last year, catching 102 passes for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. Allen had seven 100-yard games and at least 40 yards in 15-of-16 weeks. He's the second straight receiver to win the award after Jordy Nelson took home the 2016 honors. Still just entering his prime, 25-year-old Allen is locked in Philip Rivers' top target going into next season.
Feb 3 - 7:55 PM

ESPN's Eric Williams listed DT Corey Liuget as "on the bubble" heading into the offseason.

Liuget has not lived up to the six-year, $58-million deal he signed in 2015, but he did play better last season following his move to defensive tackle in the Chargers' new scheme. Perhaps that will be enough to keep him around, but $8 million is a lot to pay essentially a rotational lineman with 4.5 sacks in the last three seasons. The Chargers can save $6.5 million against the cap by cutting Liuget.
Source: ESPN
Jan 29 - 12:08 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco is hopeful 2017 second-round OG Forrest Lamp (ACL) will be ready for OTAs.

Lamp suffered a torn ACL early in training camp. "The positive about him getting hurt early is he’ll be on the field early," Telesco said. "Hopefully at some point in OTAs he’ll work back in." The Chargers' offensive line took a step forward in 2017, and Lamp's healthy return will only help the situation.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 10:15 AM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco expects CB Jason Verrett (knee) to participate in the offseason program.

Verrett played just one game in 2017 before landing on injured reserve with an issue in the same knee which required surgery in October of 2016. Telesco said this surgery was not another reconstruction, however, meaning Verrett could be ready for the offseason program. A first-round pick in 2014, Verrett is an outstanding talent, but he has played just 25 of a possible 64 games in four seasons and just five in the last two. Unlikely to pass a physical before his fifth-year option guarantees in March, Verrett will likely stick on the roster, but the Chargers cannot count on him to be available for 16 games.
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 11:35 AM

Chargers signed K Roberto Aguayo to a reserve/future contract.

Aguayo will always be remembered for being the Bucs' failed second-round pick in 2016 as a massive reach. He flamed out quickly in Tampa Bay, lasting just one season before being cut at the end of last summer. Aguayo spent time with the Bears and Panthers this past season but didn't attempt a kick. The Chargers have big concerns at kicker and will give Aguayo a shot.
Jan 10 - 1:03 PM

Chargers re-signed OC Ken Whisenhunt.

Both Whisenhunt and DC Gus Bradley were on one-year contracts in 2017, but both were given new deals on Tuesday after their deals expired. Whisenhunt's offense finished fourth in total yards, first in passing offense, and 24th in rushing. Philip Rivers was sacked a career-low 18 times while throwing an eight-year-low 10 interceptions. Whisenhunt has proven he's not a capable head coach. But on the flip side, he's been great as an offensive coordinator.
Jan 10 - 7:05 AM

Chargers re-signed DC Gus Bradley.

The Chargers also kept OC Ken Whisenhunt with a new contract. In his first season after being fired as coach of the Jaguars, Bradley's Bolts defense finished 15th in total defense, third against the pass, and 31st against the run. Bradley had one of the best pass-rush duos in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram to go along with an elite cornerback trio of Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams, and Desmond King. There are a lot of pieces to build around. Fixing the run defense will be key this offseason, but this is a unit completely on the rise.
Jan 10 - 6:57 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers are expected to re-sign DC Gus Bradley.

Bradley drew some interest from the Packers and Seahawks when his contract expired on Tuesday, but the Packers have settled on Mike Pettine for their DC job, while the Seahawks don't have a DC opening with Kris Richard still in place. Richard has been connected to the Colts' head-coach gig, but he seems like a long shot. It makes the most sense for Bradley to go back to L.A.
Jan 9 - 9:46 PM

The Packers plan to interview ex-Chargers DC Gus Bradley for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Bradley's Bolts contract ran out on Tuesday. The ex-Jaguars coach oversaw a solid defense his first year in Los Angeles. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Seahawks also have interest in adding Bradley to their staff. Bradley was Pete Carroll's defensive boss from 2010-12.
Jan 9 - 2:23 PM

Chargers are expecting more from 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams next season.

Williams' season was derailed by a herniated disc he suffered during rookie minicamp, and he never was able to establish himself in the offense, catching more than two passes just once all season. "This offseason will be huge for him," Philip Rivers said. "To get him healthy, all those OTAs, a full offseason program, weight room and running. Mike can add another dimension to our offense." Keenan Allen will remain the main target in the passing game, but Williams should be given the opportunity to take over the No. 2 role if he can stay healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jan 8 - 11:00 AM

Speaking Thursday, Chargers GM Tom Telesco admitted he is uncertain about Antonio Gates' future in Los Angeles.

"We’ll probably let some time go a little bit after the season I’ll sit down with Antonio and just kind of talk to him and see what his thoughts are, what he’s thinking and see where our thoughts are and what we’re thinking," Telesco said. "I don’t have an answer for that right now." Gates himself has already said he wants to return for a 16th season. Limited to 499 snaps and 52 targets in 2017, Gates often appeared to be running on fumes.
Jan 4 - 3:46 PM

Branden Oliver rushed seven times for 13 yards and hauled in his only target for six yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders.

With Melvin Gordon healthy, Oliver was limited to a change of pace role in what might have been his final game with the Chargers -- he is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. If Oliver returns, he will compete with Austin Ekeler for the No. 2 spot behind Gordon.
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