In addition, the Chargers and their star QB Philip Rivers have not talked about his contract (which expires after this upcoming season), and he told Darren Smith yesterday that he's planning on playing it out without a contract extension.
Rivers then dropped some pretty ominous hints to Kevin Acee, making it sound like he has no interest in re-signing with the team if their future is in Los Angeles.
Some have suggested that these three things have a lot to do with each other. That the Chargers need to think long term, and not wait until next offseason when they may not get anything in return for Rivers, which could potentially mean a trade with the Titans that nets the Chargers a first round pick (#2 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft and a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. For Rivers, a trade to Tennessee would mean reconnecting to Ken Whisenhunt and avoiding the glitz and glamour of L.A. down the road.
Is it time for the Chargers to start planning for the team that will open up their new stadium (in San Diego or Carson), or do they need to aim for short-term success at the expense of long-term potential?