West Notes: 49ers, Palmer, Bolts, San Diego - Sam Robinson
Former Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart will move to Los Angeles and become the Chargers‘ special teams coach, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports (on Twitter). Stewart resided as the Vikings’ longest-tenured assistant coach prior to making this decision, having coached Minnesota’s receivers since 2007.
Top 10 players likely to hit free agency - Sam Monson
The Chargers will likely try and keep Ingram around, but they don’t have a huge amount of cap space and have a second stud edge rusher in 2016 rookie Joey Bosa. After a slow start to his career, Ingram has developed into a dominant edge rusher, posting 72 total QB pressures in 2016 after recording just 83 over the previous two seasons. He was PFF’s sixth-ranked edge rusher overall this past season, slotting in just behind Bosa. Ingram posted solid grades in every facet of the game PFF measures, and his pass rush, in particular, has been improving year over year since his disappointing sophomore season that saw him play just 241 snaps. Ingram would upgrade most team’s pass-rush unit immediately.
Chargers position outlook 2017: Can Keenan Allen stay on field? - Eric Williams
When healthy, Allen is one of the best receivers in the NFL. However, the Cal product has had trouble staying on the field, and the Chargers need an answer if Allen is not available again. So drafting a big, physical target should be a priority for general manager Tom Telesco. Someone like Clemson’s Mike Williams might make sense early in the draft. If they choose to wait later in the draft, Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds could be a fit. Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears makes some sense in free agency.
Chargers to hire George Stewart as special teams coordinator - Eric Williams
Robert Saleh is a candidate for the team's vacant linebackers coaching position. Saleh, 38, served as linebackers coach for new Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley while the two were in Jacksonville the last three seasons, from 2014 to 2016.
How Did the Chargers Fare in the Pro Bowl? - Ricky Henne
Hayward almost singlehandedly ended a two-minute drive. He had a pair of breakups against two NFC East wideouts he’ll face next season. The first came against the Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, and the second on a deep pass intended for the New York Giants' Odell Beckham, Jr. Hayward honored teammate Joey Bosa with his signature shrug after the latter breakup.