Previewing The 2014 San Diego Chargers Schedule Release

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The San Diego Chargers have been dancing on that fine line of mediocrity for years, and while they were still only 9-7 in 2013, new head coach Mike McCoy got them into the playoffs and even helped them to a win. San Diego could still go either way, but if they can improve on defense, there’s also a chance they could even rise up and compete for the AFC West crown.

It all starts at home, where the San Diego Chargers schedule welcomes New England, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Seattle and the New York Jets – not to mention the Chiefs and Broncos inside their own division. While playing at home usually gives San Diego a better chance of pulling out a win, visits from the Seahawks and Patriots should prove to be tough obstacles.

The Chargers will also want to focus on getting better on the road, but it may not be easy with trips to Buffalo, Miami, Baltimore, Arizona and San Francisco. Playing the tough NFC West is never easy, and it doesn’t help that two of those games are on the road.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

For a look at all 32 NFL team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Chargers Add Brown to Crowded Backfield

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Written By: Florida Bengal

The San Diego Chargers announced late Tuesday that former Colts running back Donald Brown had agreed to a three-year deal with the team.

The 2009 first round pick totaled 551 carries for 2,377 yards (4.3 YPC) in his five years with the Colts and added 19 total touchdowns. He joins a Chargers backfield that includes Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown (no relation to Donald), who is currently a free agent.

It will be interesting to see how the ball gets distributed between the three backs currently under contract.

Mathews is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is coming off his best (and first healthy) season in San Diego with career highs in carries (285) and yards (1,255)

Woodhead showed ability as a change-of-pace back with 182 total touches for 1,034 yards and eight scores.

Brown’s build and numbers mirror Mathews’ and both are 26 years old. Could Brown’s signing indicate that the Chargers plan to move on from Mathews after the 2014 season?

ILB Donald Butler Gets Contract Extension From Bolts

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Inside linebacker Donald Butler announced on Twitter that the San Diego Chargers reached a deal to extend his contract, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports. Terms of the contract were not immediately available.

Butler was set to become an unrestricted free agent March 11th, although it was expected a new deal would happen prior to that.

The organization has made no secret what it thinks of the defensive co-captain, and Butler has stressed his desire to remain in San Diego long term.

Enjoy This 20 Picture Set Of Some Of The Hottest Chargers Ladies!

The offseason is always a good time to give the brain a break from the stress and struggles of rooting for the Bolts.

Today we take a break from talking about what’s going on for Chargers players and coaches, and give our favorite and hottest Chargers ladies some love in this great 20-picture pictorial!

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Center Nick Hardwick Decides To Return To Chargers

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After weighing retirement, Chargers center Nick Hardwick will return to the club, playing out the final season on his three-year contract, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports.

“I told them I expect to play next season,” Hardwick said Saturday in a phone interview. “I’m excited about it.”

Last month, Hardwick suffered a concussion early in the team’s playoff win versus the Bengals. He also dealt with multiple neck stingers during the season.

He said he’s been doing different strengthening and mobility training to prepare his neck for the upcoming year.

“I wanted to take a month off where I didn’t have to think about football,” said Hardwick, who turns 33 in September.

“I just wanted to be honest with where my body is, where my brain is, where we’re at and where we want to go. Just give an honest assessment. My body feels great. My brain feels great. I do think there’s better football ahead of me.”

Chargers Ink CFL Pass Rusher Cordarro Law

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Last season’s top pass rusher in the Canadian Football League Cordarro Law has agreed to terms on a reserve/future contract, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports.

The outside linebacker is expected to join San Diego in April when the club convenes for a nine-week voluntary offseason workout program.

Law, 25, had 14 sacks in 2013 for the Calgary Stampeders, third most in the league and second on his team. He also totaled 44 tackles, including seven on special teams.

Listed 6-foot-2 and 262 pounds, Law went undrafted in 2012 out of Southern Mississippi. He spent training camp with the Seahawks, being cut after the preseason.

The Chargers have had Law on their radar for sometime. On Dec. 5, he was one of three CFL players they hosted for a workout.

Sam’s Agent Feels Chargers Would Make A Great Fit For Client

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On Monday, Michael Sam’s agent said the Chargers would be a “great fit” with his client, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports.

Sam, a former Missouri pass rusher, announced Sunday he is gay. The projected mid-round selection is set to become the first openly gay NFL player when either drafted in May or, less likely, signed as an undrafted free agent.

He seemed to assimilate well with the Chargers. Joe Barkett, one of Sam’s reps at Empire Athletes, noticed.

“You know, I think the Chargers would be a great fit for him, especially considering the way that they handled the Manti Te’o issue,” Barkett said in a phone interview. “It seemed to blow over very easily once the first game had happened. I think that’d be a great spot for him to land. And he’d be close to us.”

This month, Sam has the chance to demonstrate his athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

That will probably be the next time, Barkett said, that Sam will speak to reporters. Te’o did so at least year’s event before a packed house.

“I expect it to be pretty big,” Barkett said. “We’re working with the NFL right now to see what the most appropriate way there is for Mike to address the media. Obviously, everybody is going to want to hear what he has to say. … He definitely will be addressing the media. We’re just trying to figure out what the best forum is for doing that.”

2014 NFL Free Agents – Chargers Have $2.3 Mil Of Cap Space

Oakland Raiders vs Philadelphia Eagles

Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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