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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 9, 2015

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Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

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Chargers seem bound to land OL Franklin - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
In San Diego, he could play right tackle again. His versatility, at the very least, positions the Chargers to complete a maneuver they've entertained publicly this offseason, shifting D.J. Fluker inside from right tackle to guard, a position some teams considered him better served prior to the 2013 draft.

Brandon Flowers, Chargers agree to 4-year, $36M deal - Gregg Rosenthal
While Flowers doesn't have the prototypical size of some new school cornerbacks, he's been incredibly consistent throughout his career. He was a better-than-average starting cornerback for most of his time in Kansas City, signing a big contract with $22 million guaranteed in 2011. The Chiefs cut bait with Flowers after a down 2013 campaign and the timing of the move hurt Flowers' ability to get paid last offseason.

2014 Adjusted Games Lost: By Unit - Scott Kacsmar
However, San Diego stole the show with Ryan Mathews missing half the season and reliable receiver Danny Woodhead lost after just three games. Even "Goddammit Donald" Brown, who only averaged 2.6 yards per carry in 2014, had a concussion when it should have been his time to shine in his first year away from the Colts. Cue Branden Oliver and his fleeting Darren Sproles comparisons, but the Chargers were stretched thin all season long at running back.

The non-economic value of having the Chargers in San Diego - Vincent E. Mudd (UT$)
The debate over building an NFL stadium to keep the Chargers needs to focus on a bigger frame than just dollars and cents, some San Diegans believe. Here, a civic leader makes the case for the team as an inspirational part of a great city.

Chargers fans may hold key to stadium - Dan McSwain (UT$)
If San Diego fans are stingy, it’s evidence of a Chargers business failure. Seat-license demand is a reasonable proxy for fan enthusiasm. In marketing speak, PSLs measure the power of a sports brand. The Chargers aren’t a hot market for ticket resellers. And brokers who buy seat licenses in bulk to secure tickets aren’t exactly holding their breath.

Can't afford big-ticket NFL free agents? Check out these value players - Pete Prisco
Cheaper alternative: Andrew Gachkar, San Diego Chargers. Mostly used as a special-teams player his first three seasons, he started five games last season and showed the ability to cover ground. I am not saying he's a star in the making, but for the right price -- $2 million per season -- he is worth a look.

Could U-T's new owner steal Chargers for L.A.? - Matt Porter
Though Doug Manchester's U-T San Diego has yet to report it, the biggest threat to keeping the Chargers in town may turn out to be Manchester's current effort to sell the paper to the owners of the Los Angeles Times.