Chargers to Sign Veteran Wide Out James Jones

James Jones

The Chargers are signing long-time Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports via Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

The Chargers hosted Jones and former Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline on Tuesday, per sources. In addition, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported former Lions receiver Lance Moore would also work out for the team.

In 2015 Jones had 50 receptions for 890 yards and eight touchdowns for the Packers.

Chargers Working Out James Jones and Brian Hartline at WR

Brian-Hartline

In addition to bringing in wide receiver James Jones for a visit, the Chargers will work out former Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Hartline had 46 receptions for 523 yards and two Touchdowns for the Browns last season.

With Stevie Johnson going down with an injury, the team is looking at all options to help out their wide out core, and here’s hoping one of those two vets will be able to help the team.

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson Has Torn Meniscus; To Have Surgery

Stevie Johnson

 

Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson tore his meniscus at practice Sunday and will undergo surgery “soon” according to Michael Silver of NFL Network.

It’s “unclear,” per Silver, whether this will end Johnson’s season, but the development is still bad news for San Diego’s otherwise loaded passing game.  The 31-year-old Johnson hauled in 45 catches for 497 yards and three touchdowns last season, finishing fourth on the team in receptions. He was primed to make starts in the slot alongside Keenan Allen and deep-threat, free-agent pickup Travis Benjamin. Johnson’s injury means a bigger role for Benjamin and veteran tight end Antonio Gates along with a healthy dose of snaps for pass-catching backfield threat Danny Woodhead and wideout Dontrelle Inman.

Chargers Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Chargers Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the San Diego Chargers!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Chargers colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Chargers can?

Chargers First-Round Pick Joey Bosa Officially a Holdout

Joey Bosa

Chargers first-round pick Joey Bosa is nowhere to be found today, as unable to come to a deal, the Chargers first overall pick is a holdout – and there’s no word as to when there will be an update as to him being in camp.

Chargers Agree on Four-Year Deal with Rookie Center Max Tuerk

Max Tuerk

The Chargers Thursday signed center Max Tuerk to a four-year contract, the team announced.

Tuerk was the team’s third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft; the 66th overall selection from the University of Southern California.

A career starter for the Trojans, Tuerk also was a team captain as a junior and senior. He is a versatile player who started 38 career games in three-plus seasons at USC, including 18 starts at center, 14 at left guard, five at left tackle and one at right tackle. As a junior he captured USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.

Tuerk becomes the seventh Chargers pick from the 2016 NFL Draft to sign a contract. The only remaining draft pick unsigned is defensive end Joey Bosa (first round).

The Chargers and Allen Come to Terms on a New Four-Year Deal

Keenan Allen

The Chargers have been able to get wide receiver Keenan Allen under contract, as the team and the pass catcher agreed in principle Friday to a four-year extension worth more than $11 million per season.

The deal is a solid one, and will ensure that both he and quarterback Philip Rivers will be under team control through at least the 2019 season. Allen’s contract runs through 2020.

He fell to the third round in the 2013 NFL Draft and thereby was assigned a modest four-year, $2.8 million contract at his draft slot.

He quickly began to outperform those figures, as a Week 2 injury to veteran wide receiver Malcom Floyd presented opportunity for playing time. Allen took advantage and set rookie franchise receiving records with 71 catches for 1,046 yards. He added eight touchdowns.

Despite the inking of Allen, places like bonuskoodia.com are still not giving a lot of love to the Chargers, as right now the team is listed at 200 to 1 to win the Super Bowl in 2016.

Allen became eligible for a contract extension at the March start of the new league year. The team and Allen’s representation, Joby Branion of Vanguard Sports Group, agreed to engage in discussions following the April 28-30 draft.

They did so in recent weeks, and the contract came together relatively quickly — a five-year deal also was discussed as part of the negotiations, but in the end, Allen settled on four.

He sets himself up for long-term security while being scheduled to hit free agency in 2021, one month before his 29th birthday.

A Healthy Returning Allen a Welcome Sight to the Chargers in 2016

Keenan Allen

While it didn’t look like it was going to be a dangerous play when it happened, last season when Chargers wide out Keenan Allen came down in Baltimore with a touchdown in the end zone, little did people know it would be the last play for him in 2015.

The play was a corner route, and Allen pulled in the scoring pass, only to suffer a lacerated kidney, a scary injury that ended his season much too early, and also hurt the Chargers passing game for the rest of the season.

“I couldn’t breathe at all,” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/17/chargers-keenan-allen-injury-health/

“Stevie (Johnson) came over, tried to grab me from the ground. ‘Hold on, Stevie. I can’t breathe.’ Except I couldn’t say that. ‘I can’t breathe.’ Gasping for air. I just kept laying there. I kept thinking how I couldn’t breathe — I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t breathe. It felt like the longest minute of my life, not being able to breathe.”

While that was bad, little did Allen know the recovery that would come along with such an injury. He missed the final two months of the year, and US casino players had to take that into consideration for the rest of the Chargers season and the blow it was to the Bolts offense.

Allen played in just eight games, but was very good in those games, pulling in 67 passes, tied for third-most in NFL history in eight games, with 725 yards and four scores.

When he went down, the Chargers offense seemed to go down with it. The club wasn’t able to duplicate their offensive output the rest of the year, but now with a returning Allen, they should be able to get back to where they were a season ago.

The Chargers with Allen had the league’s number one ranked offense for the first half of the season, putting up 423.3 yards per game. Now with Allen back, the skies the limit with his pass catching and big play abilities.

Allen also has something to play for as he has one year left on his rookie contract, and he’s eager to prove to the Bolts and the rest of the NFL that he’s for real.

It’ll be a welcome sight to see him out there doing his thing again in 2016.