Report: Talks between Chargers and Rams stalled on Inglewood deal

Good morning.

Steve Hartman of Xtra 1360 Fox Sports Radio reports that according to a high-ranking Rams official, talks have stalled with the Chargers on a partnership involving the Inglewood stadium project, and it’s most likely the Chargers will stay in San Diego in 2016.

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report refutes the report, stating that negotiations between the two teams are ongoing.

My take: Whether they stay in San Diego or move to Los Angeles, the Chargers have to start selling season tickets at some point and need to make a decision sooner rather than later.

Owners I talked with after the vote in Houston two weeks ago indicated that the Chargers were unlikely to play in Los Angeles this year. Owners are concerned about flooding a Los Angeles market that has not had an NFL team in over 20 years, with two teams playing in the cavernous coliseum for the next three seasons while the Inglewood stadium is built.

According to the relocation agreement between the two teams, the Chargers have a one-year window that ends on Jan. 15, 2017, to move to Los Angeles as the second team at the Inglewood project. The Chargers must decide by March 23 if they plan on playing in Los Angeles or San Diego this year.

In this ESPN Insider piece, NFL draft analyst Todd McShay updates his top 32 draft prospects. Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa tops the list, followed by Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil.

My take: Although the Chargers desperately need offensive line help, I’ve come around on Bosa. Not sure how you can pass on Bosa’s playmaking ability and relentless effort if he’s available at No. 3 for the Chargers.

ESPN NFL Nation reporters picked the best teams for each franchise. I chose the 1994 Chargers.

My take: The 1963 Chargers won an AFL title, and the 2006 Chargers (14-2) had a better record, but fell way short of expectations. So I selected the only San Diego team to ever play in a Super Bowl.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com provides his top 10 list of players with something to prove heading into Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

My take: Two players I’ll keep an eye on in terms of San Diego’s needs are Ohio State defensive lineman Adolphus Washington and Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed.