On the Chargers, the Rams and Los Angeles –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday evening that they will remain in San Diego for the 2015 NFL season.

In making the announcement via a statement from Mark Fabiani, the team’s point person on stadium efforts and special counsel to Chargers president Dean Spanos, the Chargers made it clear that they are still working toward finding a solution to stay in San Diego for the long haul.

The Chargers’ announcement that they will remain in San Diego next season is good for the prospects of the Rams staying put at least another season too.
“Today, the Chargers are making the same announcement that the team has made each year since 2007: The team will not be exercising the lease termination clause and will keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super Bowl-quality stadium in San Diego,” Fabiani said in the statement. “Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s fourteenth year of work on a San Diego stadium solution.”

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Morning Ram-blings: Ranking the Rookies –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. updated his rankings of the top rookies in the NFL last week and it contains a strong St. Louis Rams presence.

In his latest edition of the rankings Insider, he puts Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 2 and cornerback E.J. Gaines at No. 14.

Donald sits only behind Dallas offensive lineman Zack Martin, who the Rams actually would have drafted at No. 13 had Donald been off the board. The Rams even explored trade up options for Martin but those were quelled when Dallas selected Martin.

Gaines is Kiper’s highest-rated defensive back and sixth-highest ranked defensive player. Considering he was a sixth-round pick, it’s fair to say that based on the small sample size, Gaines has proved to be one of the best bargains of this year’s draft based on his production.

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