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San Diego Chargers Daily Links - February 14, 2012

What Would the End of Football Look Like? - Tyler Cowen & Kevin Grier
An economic perspective on CTE and the concussion crisis

Four Downs: AFC West - Tom Gower
If the Chargers do move Jammer to safety, the obvious candidate to replace him in the starting lineup is 2011 second-round pick Marcus Gilchrist. Our game charting, project, however, rated Gilchrist as giving up more yards per pass than even Jammer, and with fewer successful plays. An upgraded pass rush would help the entire secondary, but if they want the defense to return to an elite level, the Chargers should consider acquiring the best cornerback they can reasonably afford in free agency.

Top AFC Wests UFAs - Bill Williamson
1. Vincent Jackson, receiver, San Diego: Receivers with Jackson’s size speed and skills are rare. The Chargers want him back, but there will be competition.

Possible Destination for Marcus McNeill: Atlanta Falcons - Ernie Padaon
Is it too early to talk about possible landing spots for players that are still on the team? Marcus McNeill is still officially on the team and the Chargers would have to release him before he can search for any possible destination, BUT the writing looks like it is on the wall and Big Mac will likely see that pink slip soon.

Mark Barron May Slip Down the Draft With Injury, Should We Take A Chance On Him? - Ernie Padaon
Mark Barron, the prospect out of Alabama, suffered a double sports hernia and will be out until late July/August (Joe Everett). He was projected to be drafted in the mid to late first round, but with this latest injury he will start to slip down the draft. With this injury likely to keep him out till August, he won’t be able to take part in offseason training camps and he will likely miss part of the preseason. He will keep slipping and slipping down that draft.

Wife of Chargers player passes away - Christopher Smith
"The Chargers family is saddened by the sudden loss of one of our very young members," the team said in a statement. "Tommie Harris' wife Ashley was just 29 and leaves behind a loving husband and two young children. Our prayers are with the Harris family during this most difficult time."

Late-season contrast underscores OL importance - Christopher Smith
Finding a solution for the left side of the offensive line served as a major facilitator for San Diego’s late-season tear. A number of injuries at the position, including the season-ending variety to two Pro Bowlers, proved how important a cohesive, competent line is for San Diego.

Q&A: Ed McGuire -
Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Assistant General Manager Ed McGuire is an expert on the NFL’s salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). He handles player contract negotiations for the team among other things. McGuire answered a few salary cap and CBA-related questions this week

Valentine Dilemma - Randall Munroe
I panicked and stapled my hand to my face.