Looks like the San Diego Chargers will remain in San Diego a little longer – at least until plans for the team can be worked out for the team in Los Angeles.
According to a report on ESPN.com, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season but has an agreement with the Rams to move to Los Angeles if a long-term stadium solution to remain in the city isn’t worked out.
The city will have the Rams, who left the city 21 years ago, return to its “home” for the 2016 season.
Deep down, the franchise would hope a deal could be ironed out with the city for a new stadium where the Spanos family can remain. The Chargers were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season, which further added speculation that the team may look to move north to its sister California town.
The story states that according to the relocation agreement between the teams, the Chargers have a one-year window that ends on Jan. 15, 2017, to move to Los Angeles as the second team at the Inglewood project, which is set to be completed by the 2019 season. The Chargers can extend that option to Jan. 15, 2018, if a referendum for public financing in San Diego is not approved before Nov. 15 of this year.
If the team can work it out with the city, it looks like that’s where the team wants to be.
The Chargers also have to deal with the team and improving on its 4-12 record. Mike McCoy, the team’s head coach was retained for the 2016 season, but could be on a short leash if the team does not improve next season.
ROBINSON: THE JAGUARS HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS
Wide receiver Allen Robinson was the Jacksonville Jaguars only Pro Bowl representative this year. The second-year pro led the team in receptions and he and Allen Hurns both went over the 1,000-yard mark for a team with Blake Bortles throwing for over 4,000 yards this season.
Next season, Robinson expects the team to be much better.
As Conor Orr of NFL.com wrote, “Robinson said that the stability at head coach was a big reason for his feelings. The Jaguars recently announced that Gus Bradley would return for the 2016 season and sign an extension that would lock him in through the 2017 season. Robinson said that Bradley’s style of building up every player individually has contributed to his success so far.”
The Bortles to Robinson connection was one of the better pass combinations in the league this year, bringing back images of Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell.
The fact Gus Bradley is coming back, Robinson explained, should help and his quest to be better and for the team to potentially reach the playoffs.
DAVIS WANTS TO PLAY DESPITE SCREWS IN HIS ARM
Thomas Davis is one of the best linebackers in the NFL. His intensity has been constant while a member of the Carolina Panthers. And now, despite being injured in the NFC Title game that left him with a broken arm, Davis vows he will play with screws in his arm.
“I want to go out there and play for my teammates because I know I can help this team.”
The comments were part of a story on NFL.com.
Davis said a plate and 11-12 screws were inserted in his arm. But that is only a “minor” setback for a player who has dreamed of playing in the Super Bowl.
“There are some limitations,” Davis admitted Thursday in the locker room to reporters. “I just had surgery on Monday, but at the same time it’s been getting better and better every day, and that’s the goal, continue to get better all the way up until next Sunday.”