Chargers not exercising early termination clause, staying through 2015 at least

The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday night they won't be relocating in 2015, choosing not to exercise an early termination clause as they continue to seek a solution to their stadium problem.

The Chargers are often rumored as being bound for Los Angeles.

The announcement from Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani likely means that the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders also aren't headed to Los Angeles.

The Chargers would be unlikely to cast their die with staying in San Diego if they didn't have assurances that the other teams on year-to-year leases weren't staying put.

"On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible to terminate the team's lease for Qualcomm Stadium," Fabiani said in a statement. "And each year since 2007, the Chargers have announced that the team will not exercise the termination clause and instead continue to work toward a permanent stadium solution in San Diego.

"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. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team's fourteenth year of work on a San Diego stadium solution."

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.