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Hunter Henry Set to Ink Bolts Franchise Tag for 2020

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is signing his franchise tag today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Michael Peterson of Boltsfromtheblue.com.

Henry, one of the brightest young stars at the tight end position, is coming off playing in 12 games in 2019 where he set career-highs in passes caught and receiving yards with 55 and 652, respectively. Henry missed four games after suffering a tibia plateau fracture during their week one match-up with the Indianapolis Colts.

Henry enters his fifth year in the NFL but missed the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. That was a huge letdown for the team as it was slated to be his first as the true #1 tight end following the team’s decision to not bring back Antonio Gates prior to his injury.

Up to this point, Henry has amassed 136 catches for 1,709 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has yet to play in all 16 games of a regular season. His career-high is 15 games while splitting time with Gates as a rookie in 2016.

Chargers Lose Leading RB Melvin Gordon to the Denver Broncos

The Los Angeles Chargers were dealt a massive blow on Friday as reports from around the free agency campfires state the team is set to lose running back Melvin Gordon to the AFC West rival Denver Broncos.

Last season Gordon ran for 612 yards and eight scores for the Chargers after he missed games with a number of nagging injuries.

In his five seasons with the Bolts the running back rushed for 4240 yards, putting up four yards a carry for the Chargers.

It always seemed as if Chargers fans were anxious for Gordon to have that ‘breakout’ season to make in into the top 3-4 backs in the league.

He’ll have it now with a team that always seems to put rushing the ball first in Denver.

Chargers Ink Former Vikings DT Linval Joseph to a Three-Year Deal

The Bolts have added some beef on their defensive line, as the team today signed former Vikings defensive Linval Joseph to a three-year deal.

Jospeh was a Pro Bowler for the Vikings, and was one of the first players to join Mike Zimmer in Minnesota.

The Vikings released Joseph last week in to cut salary, but said they were keeping the door open for the former Pro Bowler to return to Minnesota.

His deal will be worth $17 million, plus incentives.

The Vikings incurred $2.4 million of dead money against their 2020 cap by releasing Joseph but saved $10.4875 million by cutting the 31-year-old.

Chargers Use Franchise Tag on Tight End Hunter Henry

The Chargers are keeping one of their best playmakers around, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

Los Angeles has franchise-tagged tight end Hunter Henry, who last season with the club had 55 receptions and 652 receiving yards.

The 25-year-old has caught 136 passes for 1,709 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons. Henry was a second-round pick in 2016 from Arkansas.

Chargers RB Gordon Thinks Philip Rivers Will End Up with the Colts

Searching for potential landing spots for veteran Philip Rivers, few stand out as obvious choices to sign the 38-year-old quarterback.

More and more, however, Indianapolis leaps to the forefront as a destination NFL.com reports.

One of Rivers’ former teammates of the past five seasons, Melvin Gordon, believes Indy will be the choice, but made it clear during an interview last week on CBS Sports that he has no inside information.

“I think he goes to the Colts,” Gordon said. “I don’t know, that’s just my thought.”

Gordon, who is also set to become a free agent, used logical dot-connecting to come to his conclusion, noting that Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni previously worked as a Chargers assistant for five years. The relationship between Rivers and Sirianni would make a transition easier for a player who was with the same franchise the past 16 seasons.

“He has [connections],” Gordon said. “Nick… he came from here, we had him, and he’s the offensive coordinator there. They run the same playbook, so it’d be easy, he could come right in and he could be telling guys what to do, he knows what’s going on already.”

Chargers Announce QB Philip Rivers is Going to Enter Free Agency

The Philip Rivers era is over, as today the Bolts announced that their long time quarterback is going to go free agency in March, meaning he will not be back in Los Angeles.

The 38-year-old has thrown for 59271 yards in his 15-year NFL career, throwing for 397 touchdowns.

Could TE Virgil Green Be on the Chopping Block for the Chargers This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Chargers the site has picked tight end Virgil Green as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Green getting cut.

Los Angeles Chargers – TE Virgil Green

Dead Cap Hit $800K, Cap Saving $2.7M

It’s been a quiet two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers for Virgil Green. He has played in all but one of their games but has amassed a grand total of 28 receptions for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Chargers offense should look quite different in 2020 as they head to their new stadium, with question marks surrounding free agents like Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, and Hunter Henry. Whether they stay or sign for the team, it’s hard to see Green playing a huge role here moving forward

Report States the Chargers are Moving on From QB Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers does not appear to be in the long term plans of the Chargers, as from the sounds of it the team is ready to move on to a new signal caller in 2020.

Pro Football Talk reports that the team is set to have a new QB next season, and that Rivers moving to Florida was a true indicator that he’s in the team’s past.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports during an appearance on The Herd, the Chargers have “moved on” from the 38-year-old quarterback.

Rivers had already moved his sizable family back to Florida, which has sparked all manners of dot-connecting which put him on teams not the Chargers. The Buccaneers seem uniquely poised to use him as either a quarterback or leverage in ongoing negotiations with Jameis Winston.

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco had previously talked about all the “moving parts” involved with the veteran free agent.

The Chargers pick sixth in the 2020 NFL Draft, behind the notably needy Bengals (first) and Dolphins (fifth), so there will be competition if they choose to go the route of a rookie. But with a deep class of veteran quarterbacks available this year including Tom Brady, they can choose from a number of options as they try to establish themselves in an actual-sized stadium in Los Angeles.