San Diego Chargers Daily Links: February 22, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL: Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Denver TE would make sense in San Diego - Bill Williamson
The Chargers have a lot to do in free agency, so finding a role tight end likely won’t be a top priority. But Fells will be affordable and he could be attractive to the Chargers if Denver does not keep him.

NFL teams cram for Combine - Christopher Smith
"I think overall it’s just an important year after missing the playoffs the last two years, which has been a disappointment for everybody," director of player personnel Jimmy Raye said. "It’s a big draft for us."

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Centers - Ben Stockwell
After briefly flirting with retirement, Hardwick confirmed last week that he will return for another season, but with his play in the run game diminishing the Chargers may look to go in another direction. Hardwick is one of the better pass protecting centers in the league–our highest-graded in that respect this season–and yielded only two hits and seven pressures all year. Also incredibly disciplined, he conceded only three penalties in the last two seasons and, with the proliferation of the passing game, he would provide a solid upgrade for a number of teams if the Chargers choose to move on.

2012 NFL Free Agency: Vincent Jackson Should Be Available - Alfie Crow
The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be big players in the 2012 NFL free agency period and one of the positions they'll be looking to fill is the wide receiver position. There should be a handful of good receivers available on the market for the Jaguars to take a look at. One of those players could be San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

Lookin' for Love: Running Backs - Alec Shane
Why he will play for the Patriots in 2012- Tolbert is a slightly more versatile version of Peyton Hillis. While he isn’t as big, he runs better routes and is better in pass protection than Hillis is. He’s pretty much a guaranteed touchdown from inside the 3 is an extremely powerful runner. San Diego may try and re-sign him as a compliment to Ryan Matthews, but with Jacob Hester offering a similar skillset at a much cheaper price, Tolbert could be shown the door. If he does, he would enhance New England’s smaller backfield and cause real problems running behind Logan Mankins and Nate Solder.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Key Trades Shape the First Round - CardsFan08
18. San Diego Chargers - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Rivers struggled last year, partially due to the line play, partially due to his own performance, and partially because of drops from his WRs. Floyd is a weapon, and could be the #1 if Jackson can't reach a deal with the Chargers. Either way he's a big body and goes up for the ball, a combination that Rivers has been successful with in the past (Gates, Jackson, etc). (Previous Pick: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama)

2012 Packers Mock Draft: Looking At USC's Nick Perry - Brandon
Unlike Matthews, who played some linebacker in college (he started at defensive end in his senior season), Perry "doesn't have much experience in this area." He'll be watched closely at the combine and at USC's pro day to see if he can make the transition.

In San Diego, Chargers president Dean Spanos answered a series of questions on the team’s website. One question: Does the value of the franchise and your ability to succeed as a business affect how you approach your quest for a new stadium, and even its location?

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