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Good morning, Chargers fans!

Just a few days after there was a reported “threat” to boycott this year’s combine by a group of NFL agents, the NFL has agreed to relax their “bubble” restrictions which would have kept players from being able to freely meet with their coaches, trainers, and medical staff at the event. The biggest sticking point of the bubble was essentially that the NFL was making an already-detrimental environment even worse in the name of health and safety.

Now, every player may leave the secure areas of the combine at their own risk to meet while their team members (coaches, medical staff) are also now allowed within the secure areas as long as they follow the proper protocols.

What a big win for the players. If the NFL didn’t relent on these requests by the agents, this year’s combine might have been as much of a snooze as the latest dunk contest (It was seriously the worst in history).

And now for today’s links.

Chargers News:

Rashawn Slater’s best plays from his outstanding 2021 season (Chargers.com)

Five options that could start at right tackle for the Chargers in 2022 (Bolt Beat)

Could the Chargers be interested in Browns free agent back D’Ernest Johnson? (Heavy.com)

Chargers free agency preview (The Athletic)

NFL News:

Breaking down every team’s running back room (NFL.com)

The NFL Combine is relaxing their restrictions for this year’s event (NFL.com)

The NFL is partnering with the XFL to collaborate on future rule changes and player safety (Bleacher Report)

Could the Chiefs tear down their defensive line this offseason? (ESPN)

Breaking down the 2022 free agent quarterback market (CBS Sports)

The Panthers reportedly called the Vikings about Kirk Cousins (Pro Football Talk)