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Video: Highlights of the Chargers 17-13 Preseason Week One Loss to the Cardinals

The Los Angeles Charges take on the Arizona Cardinals during Week 1 of the 2019 NFL preseason.

Here’s a recap of the four-point loss to the Cards from the Chargers official website

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Chargers Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC West.

The longtime company picks the Chiefs to runaway with the division, going 14-2 and taking home the AFC Title, though they have them losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

The Chargers are next in the West at 11-5, and then the Raiders and Broncos are both tied for 3rd and 4th at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

American Airlines the First Big Name Sponsor for the New Chargers Stadium

The future home for both the Rams and the Chargers is coming along, and Associated Press reports that the first sponsor for the stadium has been decided upon, as American Airlines has invested a lot of dough to be a founding partner.

Here’s the report from AP:

The LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park announced that American Airlines will be a founding partner. The airline will be the naming rights partner for American Airlines Plaza, which will be a 2½-acre, two-level open-air space that will serve as the main entrance into the 70,000-seat stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue.

The announcement took place Tuesday in front of the stadium, which is 75 percent complete and slated to open next July.

“Anytime you get to this point in the project you are having these sorts of announcements,” said Jason Gannon, the managing director for the LA Stadium and Entertainment District. “It is also a moment when you can see how the stadium and vision is being put together.”

The nearly $5 billion complex — which sits on 298 acres in Inglewood, is being built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. It will also include retail and office space as well as apartments.

Agent for Chargers RB Melvin Gordon Requests His Client be Traded

First he wanted to be paid more than $10 million a year, and now it sounds like Melvin Gordon wants out of the Chargers all together.

The Bolts star running back has requested a trade, this coming from Agent Damarius Bilbo, who reportedly told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he requested last week that the Los Angeles Chargers trade the running back.

The request came after the team remained at its initial offer of approximately $10 million per season.

Bilbo told Anderson that Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told him the Pro Bowl running back is still viewed as family and that Bilbo was not given permission to seek trade partners.

It seems insane that the Chargers would deal Gordon, who at 26 years old is entering the prime of his career, but they also have to figure out a way to get their star back into camp, as right now he’s holding out.

Gordon is scheduled to be in the final year of his contract, a fifth-year option worth $5.6 million.

Melvin Gordon Wants to be Paid; Report Says Chargers RB Wants $10 Mil a Year

The stalemate between Melvin Gordon and the Chargers continues without an end in sight, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

As the Chargers opened up their scrimmage with future stadium buddies, the Rams, on Thursday, Gordon’s holdout remains in place.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Inside Training Camp Live that Gordon continues to want more than the roughly $10 million-per-year offer the Chargers extended.

“We’ve talked about this not just for several weeks but going back more than a month when it became clear Melvin Gordon would hold out, that if he did not believe the Chargers were going to pay him his market value that he would want to be traded,” Rapoport said.

“The team has been informed of that, and I talked of that a couple times. They’re not going to trade him. They told his agent they are not going to trade him, so they are essentially going to keep doing what they are doing — focus on the guys that are there. Melvin Gordon is by himself in Florida training.

“They tried hard to make a deal several times. I know he’s going to want more than the roughly $10 million per year offer that they made him. But until they get together and do some sort of deal, he’s going to continue to stay away.”

The key is that GM Tom Telesco has consistently insisted he’s not moving on Gordon’s contract offer or acquiescing a trade request.

With the Chargers holding firm, Gordon has no leverage. He can hold out, but eventually he’ll have to report to accrue a year of service, otherwise, the $5.6 million he’s set to earn in 2019 will toll to the next year.

On the fifth-year option, Gordon is subject to $40,000 fines for each day of training camp missed and $329,705 for each preseason game skipped, at the team’s discretion.

Video: ASAP – Any Squad, Any Place: The Story of the 2018 Los Angeles Chargers

The 2018 season was the Los Angeles Chargers’ 49th as a member of the National Football League, their 59th overall, their 3rd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their second under head coach Anthony Lynn.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco Speaks Out on the Absence of RB Melvin Gordon

Everyone is saying all the right things in regards to running back Melvin Gordon and his future with the Chargers – yet the running back is nowhere to be found.

Thursday it was Chargers general manager Tom Telesco’s time to do the talking about Gordon, stating that he has nothing but ‘love’ for Gordon, and that he’s going to be a member of the Bolts franchise.

“I love Melvin Gordon,” Telesco said. “He’s an excellent player. He’s tough. He has a great work ethic and represents our organization extremely well. But he’s not here.

“I understand his thoughts and opinions of what he’s going through. I always look at the player’s side, so I can see it. It doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I can kind of see what his thought process is.

“I’m not naive: I know we’re better with Melvin Gordon, but we’ve got a strong group of guys that are here, and it’s their time to work and get ready to go.”

Gordon’s summer holdout started on Wednesday as he looks for a better deal from the franchise after a solid season in which he helped the team make the AFC Divisional Round of the postseason.

The running back is set to make $5.6 million this season

Chargers LT Russell Okung Says Blood Clots Caused Pulmonary Embolism; Says He’ll Be Back

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung is going to be okay, and that’s the great news – but the news that he shared with Bolts fans on Thursday was downright scary.

Okung revealed via Twitter that he suffered a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots. He said that he’ll be back when the doctors say that he’s able.

“When detected early, this condition is very treatable and I’m grateful to have access to the best available care as I continue on the path to full recovery,” Okung said in his statement.

“I’m very grateful to my teammates, coaches and the entire Chargers organization for their care, support and understanding during this challenging situation. Thanks to an incredible medical team and a very supportive family, I hope to be back on the field as quickly as possible.”

The 31-year-old veteran lineman said he discovered the condition on a trip to urgent care on June 1st after experiencing unusual chest pain at practice, and that according to doctors who treated him, the decision likely saved his life.

For now the team placed Okung on the active, non-football illness list, which means he still counts against the 90-man roster.