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Is Evan Mathis a fit for the Chargers?

Good morning.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that recently released offensive lineman Evan Mathis could be a fit for the San Diego Chargers.

The 33-year-old played for the Carolina Panthers when Mike McCoy served as the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2005 to 2007. Mathis also played with left tackle King Dunlap while with Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012.

My take: The Chargers are always looking to improve depth along the offensive line. And Mathis could add experience and competition at the right guard position. It all depends on the price and what teams are bidding for his services, but I wouldn’t be surprised if San Diego kicks the tires on Mathis.

Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated ranked the next 32 candidates in line to be NFL head coaches, using the opinion of agents, former and current scouts and former and current head coaches to compile his list. Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich is No. 8 on the list, while defensive coordinator John Pagano is No. 28.

My take: It’s good that Pagano is getting some recognition for what he’s accomplished on the field, although I believe he should be further up the list. Klemko on Pagano: “There are high-level offensive coaches who will tell you he’s the toughest defensive coordinator in the league to play chess against. Through in-game play-calling, he’s maximized every ounce of talent on San Diego’s defense.”

Ashly McGlone of the Voice of San Diego writes that Steve Cushman, chairman of the San Diego Convention Center, is softening in his stance on the non-contiguous expansion of the convention center. There’s currently a $90,000 study due out in August that will tell public officials whether clients still demand a contiguous expansion, or if an offsite location will work.

My take: Momentum continues to build for the possibility of a stadium downtown. I am interested to see how the latest development affects negotiations between the city and the Chargers.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times provides an update on this week’s meeting between the three teams vying to relocate to Los Angeles -- the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders and the Chargers -- with the committee on L.A. opportunities.

My take: Farmer’s story includes the latest renderings of the two projects in Carson and Inglewood. It’s worth a look.