Former Chargers WR Goodman Suing the NFLPA Over His Agent Being Certified

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A former Chargers and Florida State wide receiver is suing the NFL Players Association, claiming the union failed to ensure his former agent was certified, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Richard Goodman, who played with the Chargers from 2010 to 2012, is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 in a civil suit that was filed Tuesday night in Broward (Fla.) County Court.

The 30-page lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by FOX Sports, accuses the NFLPA of “negligence, gross negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.” The complaint stems from roughly $61,000 that Goodman was forced to pay when a $25,000 loan in 2010 was taken out in his name by agent James Burnoski.

Goodman claims Burnoski forged his signature to receive the loan and then defaulted. The lender successfully sued Goodman for repayment of the $25,000 as well as an additional $22,500 in usury fees. The money was garnished from Goodman’s salary with the Chargers. In addition, Goodman was forced to pay $13,000 in personal legal fees.

Goodman alleges that he never would have continued to use Burnoski as his agent had it been known that his NFLPA certification and mandatory liability insurance had lapsed when he failed to pay for both. Despite his lack of standing with the NFLPA, the lawsuit asserts the union approved the player contract Goodman signed with Burnoski to represent him and admitted to the mistake during correspondence last December.

“Had Mr. Burnoski maintained the required insurance and the NFLPA not been grossly negligent in maintaining (its agent) database while informing all of the professional football players it represents of the status of certified contract advisors, Goodman would have had an opportunity to collect monies for the damages sustained due to Mr. Burnoski’s illegal acts,” the lawsuit states. “Had Goodman known that Mr. Burnoski allowed his certification and liability insurance to lapse, he would have switched agents or would have never retained Mr. Burnoski’s services at all and would not have been subjected to (his) illegal conduct.”

The NFLPA, which is responsible for the sanctioning of all player agents, didn’t immediately respond to a FOX Sports request seeking comment. Goodman’s attorney — Darren Heitner of South Florida-based Heitner Legal — declined comment to FOX Sports.

News of Goodman’s complaint was first reported by ESPN and profootballtalk.com

Chargers Set to Give DE Corey Liuget a Five-Year Extension

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The Chargers are on the verge of giving defensive end Corey Liuget a five-year extension worth more than $50 million with $30 million guaranteed, this according to NFL.com

Here’s info on the deal from the site:

Liuget, 25, has started 61 of a possible 64 games over the past four years, leading the defensive line in snaps. Although he struggles at times against the run, he’s the rare Chargers defensive star capable of pushing the pocket to harass opposing quarterbacks.

It would be understandable if the Chargers were gun-shy about committing to a young nucleus player on defense after inside linebacker Donald Butler’s disappointing first season under a new seven-year, $51.8 million deal. Fortunately for Liuget, that’s obviously not the case.

Philip Rivers Mentioned as One of the Best Play-Action QB’s in the NFL

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Pulling off a perfect play-action is a lost art form in the NFL, but if you have a player at the quarterback position that can pull it off, it makes it a valuable weapon for a team when they pull it off.

Luckily for the Bolts, they have a player that has gotten nothing but better at pulling off the play-action the past few seasons, that being Philip Rivers.

The veteran QB is mentioned in an article by Sports Illustrated – The NFL’s Hidden Talents: Best play-action quarterbacks.

Here’s what author Doug Farrar has to say about Rivers and his ability to shine when it comes to play-action:

Paradoxically, the quarterback who saw the most play-to-play success with play-action in 2014 was the one who used it the least. Rivers ran play-fakes on just 7.8% of his overall passing attempts, and one has to wonder why. His completion percentage shot up from 64.9 to 83.3 in those situations, his yards per attempt average went from 7.3 to 10.3 and his touchdown-to-interception ratio improved from 27-to-18 to 4-to-0. Small sample size is a factor, but it’s pretty clear that in San Diego’s multi-tiered passing offense, which employs everything from simple dump-off passes to advanced vertical concepts, play-action is a true force multiplier.

Of Rivers’s four play-action touchdown passes in 2014, here are two. The first came in Week 4 against the Jaguars with 11:37 left in the first half. On this play, Eddie Royal is the inside receiver in San Diego’s Trips Right formation against Jacksonville’s nickel defense with a single-high safety. Safety Josh Evans moved over before the snap to cover middle receiver Malcolm Floyd, which left linebacker Geno Hayes with single coverage on the speedy Royal. That looked to be a mismatch anyway, but Hayes compounded the problem by biting for a split second on Rivers’s play-fake to running back Donald Brown. The result was an easy 47-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch.

It’s a solid article that talks in-depth about the lost art in the league, and while Luck is on the list for his ability to produce magic, fellow QB’s that make the list include: Andrew Luck of the Colts, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steeers, Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Eli Manning of the NY Giants.

Chargers Dean Spanos Gives Control of the Team to Team President A.J. Spanos

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Chargers Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos announced two new team presidents today. A.G. Spanos has been named President – Business Operations and John Spanos has assumed the role of President – Football Operations.

A.G. Spanos oversees the day-to-day business operations of the Chargers, including marketing, sales, public relations, digital media and community relations. He has held these responsibilities since 2011 when he was named the executive vice president – chief executive officer. He served three years as executive vice president – executive officer (2008-10) and five seasons as the team’s director of marketing programs and business development (2003-07). The 2015 season marks his 15th season as a member of the Chargers’ front office.

A.G. has spearheaded key initiatives to help build the bond between the team and its fans and community. He created more value and enhanced customer service for the team’s season ticket members while continually looking for new ways to enhance the fans’ game-day experience. Most recently he twice rescaled the stadium’s ticket prices in an effort to help increase attendance and minimize local television blackouts.

John Spanos oversees the football operations of the Chargers, including player personnel, coaching, salary cap/player finance as well as the medical, equipment, video and security departments. He held the position of executive vice president of football operations for the past two seasons. Upon assuming that role in 2013, he immediately put his fingerprints on the organization when he played a key role in the selection process that brought both General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Mike McCoy to San Diego.

John is entering his 17th season with the team. He has risen through the ranks, serving in all areas of football operations. Key roles include pro and college scout, assistant director of college scouting and director of college scouting before becoming executive vice president of football operations in 2013. He also serves on the board of directors for National Football Scouting.

Dean Spanos remains at the top of the organization’s hierarchy as chairman of the board.

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Chargers Make Deal with 49ers to Get Pick to Draft RB Melvin Gordon

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The Chargers moved up in Thursday’s NFL Draft, and moved into the spot belonging to the 49ers. With the pick they took Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

Here’s a scouting report on the running back.

Wisconsin has been a factory for NFL running games with offensive linemen and running backs. Among the halfbacks, Gordon is the best prospect who the program has produced as he is a more talented athlete than any of its other star backs. Montee Ball, James White, John Clay and many other Wisconsin backs who have been drafted in recent years, but Gordon is the best of the bunch.

What makes Gordon so special is rare speed. He has great first-step quickness and a second gear to take off like a bolt of lightning down the field. Gordon is difficult to catch once in the open field as he runs away from defenders. Gordon is extremely fast to hit the hole and accelerate to the second level of the defense. To go along with his great speed, Gordon has good balance, vision and cutting ability. He weaves his way around tacklers and is very hard to get a hold of.

Gordon was bigger and stronger year over year in 2014. That allowed him to add more power to his repertoire as he showed an improved ability to break tackles and pick up yards after contact. Gordon has quality size and has proven to be durable over the past three seasons.

The Kenosha, Wisconsin product stood out while backing up Ball and White in 2012. While Gordon didn’t get a lot of opportunities, he made the most of his limited chances while averaging 10 yards per carry. Gordon ran for 621 yards and three touchdowns on only 62 carries as a freshman.

With Ball in the NFL, Gordon was one of the most explosive backs in the nation in 2013. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for the year for 1,609 yards on only 206 carries and 12 touchdowns. If White hadn’t taken carries away so Wisconsin would’ve allowed Gordon to reach 300 carries, he could have added on maybe another 1,000 yards.

Where Chargers gained in free agency

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It’s been an interesting offseason for the Chargers, as they continue to try and tweak their roster as they now sit about five weeks away from the NFL Draft in May. Find out if the NFL betting odds are on the Chargers’ side at Mybookie.ag.

Looking at the landscape of the players the team has gained, they inked three players they hope will be able to add to their roster come 2015. Offensive linemen Orlando Franklin, Kick Returner Jacoby Jones and Defensive Tackle Ricardo Mathews.

The club also re-signed two players that will make an impact on the roster, cornerback Brandon Flowers and offensive tackle King Dunlap.

General Manager Tom Telesco did a nice job in making sure the team got back two key players, as well as adding more with adding Franklin, Jones and Mathews.

Telesco got Franklin with a guaranteed $20 million. Franklin has long arms and huge, powerful hands, and is a more mobile and forceful run blocker than former left guard Chad Rinehart.

Jones is a huge upgrade as a kick returner, and is faster and more instinctual than any other Chargers returner. Jones can find the holes and hit the crease. He had a 72-yard return this past season against the Chargers in a San Diego win in Baltimore.

The team did have some losses this year in free agency, as the club lost SS Marcus Gilchrist, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Eddie Royal.

Gilchrist wound up with the New York Jets, Mathews took his talents to Philadelphia to play for Chip Kelly and the Eagles, and Royal is off to Chicago to play for the Bears.

Losing Royal hurt, as he was tough, smart and team-oriented. Telesco said that he still has several moves to make, and getting a wide out to recoup the loss of Royal would be a good move.

It’s a shame that Mathews just couldn’t stay on the field, as he was a player who could spread the field and scare defenses with his speed. He also just couldn’t stay healthy. Look for the Bolts to look for a running back at some point in the draft that can take the place of Mathews.

Look for the Chargers to continue to try and upgrade their roster with the draft coming up in May. They need to keep the heat on the Broncos in the AFC West, and this may just be the year they do it with a talented roster that can go toe to toe with any team, starting with Denver as well as Kansas City and to a lesser extent the Raiders.

Chargers Postseason Dreams End with 19-7 Loss in Kansas City

All the Chargers had to do Sunday was take care of business against a backup QB in Kansas City.

It wasn’t meant to be.

The Chargers season ended with a 19-7 loss to the Chiefs, that allowed the Ravens to sneak into the 6th spot in the AFC with their home win over the Browns.

Justin Houston had four sacks for the Chiefs (9-7) to break Derrick Thomas’s franchise record with 22 in the season.

Cairo Santos kicked four field goals, and Chase Daniel played well enough in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith, throwing for 157 yards without an interception.

The Chiefs’ only touchdown came when wide receiver Dwayne Bowe fumbled inches shy of the goal line early in the second quarter. Tight end Travis Kelce recovered in the end zone.

Philip Rivers had 291 yards passing for the Chargers (9-7), going 4,000 yards in a season for the sixth time in his career. Branden Oliver ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

The Chargers will look back on its season finale as one of wasted opportunities.

Nick Novak missed a 52-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter. Midway through the fourth, a touchdown pass to Eddie Royal was overturned by a video review when the ball appeared to skip off the turf — San Diego went for it on fourth down and Rivers threw an incomplete pass. Then with about 4 minutes left, Donald Brown was stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the Chiefs 20.

Rivers was intercepted for a second time in the closing seconds of the game.

Injuries also crippled San Diego’s postseason hopes.

After starting the game without running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Keenan Allen and center Chris Watt, the banged-up Chargers watched right tackle D.J. Fluker walked slowly to the locker room late in the first half. He joined safety Marcus Gilchrist (elbow), cornerback Shareece Wright (head injury) and wide receiver Eddie Royal, who got hurt late in the game.

The Chargers wound up losing three of their final four games. They also lost both games to Kansas City, the first time they’d been swept in the season series since the 2003 season.

Chargers at 49ers NFL Week 16 Capsule

CHARGERS 49ERS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 6-6
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. McCoy: 0-0 Harbaugh: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 22-10 vs. Broncos L 17-7 at Seahawks
LAST GAME 12/16/10: 49ers 7 at Chargers 34. San Diego QB Philip Rivers throws for 273 yards & 3 TDs, all to WR Vincent Jackson (5 catches, 112 yards). Chargers defense records 6 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/15/06: Chargers 48, 49ers 19. Rivers completes 29 of 39 passes for 334 yards & 2 TDs. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 71 yards & 4 TDs.
BROADCAST CBS/NFL Network (5:25 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Rod Woodson, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (SD), 85 (SF). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SD), 85 (SF).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 326-482-3639-27-13-97.3 Kaepernick: 259-428-3051-16-10-84.9
RUSHING Oliver (R): 133-458-3.4-2 Gore: 204-804-3.9-3
RECEIVING
  1. Allen: 77-783-10.2-4
Boldin: 74-920-12.4-4
OFFENSE 332.7 314.1
TAKE/GIVE -2 +4
DEFENSE 336.8 307.1 (3L)
SACKS Liuget: 3.5 Brooks: 6
INTs Flowers: 3 Cox: 4 (T2C)
PUNTING Scifres: 45.7 Lee: 47.2 (2C)
KICKING Novak: 97 (34/34 PAT; 21/24 FG) Dawson: 95 (26/26 PAT; 23/28 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: In 2 career meetings, QB PHILIP RIVERS has completed 48 of 64 (75.0 pct.) for 607 yards (303.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.1 rating. Has 248 pass TDs & needs 2 to join HOFer DAN FOUTS (254) as only Chargers to reach 250 career…In past 4 vs. NFC, RB RYAN MATHEWS has 365 scrimmage yards (279 rush, 86 rec.) with 3 rush TDs. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 overall…TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 10th all-time with 97 TD catches & needs 2 to tie HOFer DON HUTSON (99). Had TD catch last week & joined ROB GRONKOWSKI as only TEs in NFL history with 4 career 10+ TD seasons. Has 9,855 career rec. yards & needs 145 to become 4th TE in history to reach 10,000. WR KEENAN ALLEN has 3 TDs in past 4…S ERIC WEDDLE leads team with 90 tackles. Has 13 INTs since 2011, most in AFC…49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has posted 100+ rating 16 times as starter (incl. playoffs) & 49ers are 15-1 (.938). Has won 6 of 9 starts vs. AFC & has 13 total TDs (9 pass, 4 rush)…RB FRANK GORE has 5 rush TDs in past 6 vs. AFC. In 3 Sat. games, has rushed for 289 yards (96.3 per game) & 3 TDs. Rookie RB CARLOS HYDE had career-best 55 rush yards & 9.2 avg. last week…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 920 rec. yards & needs 80 for 7th career 1,000-yard season. Averages 25.6 yards per catch (8 catches for 205 yards) in career vs. SD. WR STEVIE JOHNSON had 4 catches for 116 yards (29 avg.) in only game vs. SD (12/11/11 with Buf.). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE is 2nd on team with 63 catches & 652 rec. yards. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), TE VERNON DAVIS ties for 3rd in NFL with 53 rec. TDs…Rookie LB CHRIS BORLAND has 97 tackles, 2 INTs, FR & sack in past 8. Rookie DT TANK CARRADINE had 2 sacks last week, 1st sacks of career. LB ALDON SMITH has 7.5 sacks in past 7 vs. AFC. S ERIC REID had 73-yard INT last week. LB AARON LYNCH ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 5 sacks. CB PERRISH COX leads club with 14 PD.