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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 11, 2015

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Why Chargers rehired this R. Mathews - Tom Krasovic (UT$)
Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco worked for the Colts when they draft Mathews and for his first three seasons with Indianapolis. Inside knowledge is the engine of many signings. If Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano needed football dope on Mathews before his arrival, all he had to was call brother Chuck Pagano, the Colts head coach.

Chargers 5-pack on free agency - Tom Krasovic (UT$)
With the arrival of the league year Tuesday, Corey Liuget's fifth year option becomes fully guaranteed at $6.969 million. Liuget, the best player on San Diego's defensive line and a tempo-setter in practices, has played in 65 of 66 games since arriving as A.J. Smith's top pick in 2011. General Manager Tom Telesco can give Liuget a 25th birthday present in coming days by finding another difference-maker for the line.

The NFL Trade Wheel: Making Sense of Who Went Where - Bill Barnwell
Free agency wasn’t enough, apparently. With the 2015 NFL league year about to open after a weekend full of reports of free-agent signings, football decided to foist three stunning trades on us in a whirlwind half hour.

Energetic DE Ricardo Mathews Returning to Chargers - Ricky Henne
The 6-3, 300-pound Mathews appeared in 12 games with two starts last season, recording 25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles (tied for team lead). His signature moment was a strip-sack of Colin Kaepernick that Corey Liuget recovered for a touchdown in the Chargers’ epic 38-35 overtime win in San Francisco. Mathews also tallied six quarterback hits, including a team-high three in a win over the St. Louis Rams.

Orlando Franklin Badly Wanted to be a Bolt - Ricky Henne
"I’m coming in to play left guard," he said matter-of-factly. "They told me they don’t want me to do anything more or less than what I did for Denver.  They like my style of play, and I’m going to come in and give it 110% every play that I’m out there.  I pride myself on getting down the field after the ball is thrown.  That is how I’ve played since high school.