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Dean Spanos’ sister asks court to force sale of Chargers

Dea Spanos Berberian filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday morning in a bid to force the sale of the Chargers.

She is the sister of Dean Spanos, Michael Spanos and Alexis Spanos Ruhl. Each sibling owns 15 percent of the franchise, while 36 percent is owned by the Spanos family trust. Dean Spanos is the controlling owner.

Per the Los Angeles Times, Berberian claims the trust’s debts and expenses exceed $353 million.

“Dean refuses to consider a sale of the Trust’s Interest of the Chargers, insisting that the Co-Trustees continue to borrow more and more, and to force the charities and beneficiaries to wait for years and to ‘hope’ while Dean speculates further on a football team,” Berberian’s court filing said, per the Los Angeles Times. “Dean has failed to present any plan to address the Trust’s bleak financial picture, because there is no other plan than the one urged by (Berberian). Dean simply refuses to discuss it. … His plan is hope.”

Dean Spanos and two of his siblings released a statement Thursday, noting that they intend to keep the team in the family. The Spanos family has owned the franchise since 1984.

“Our parents, Alex and Faye, wanted the Chargers to be part of the Spanos Family for generations to come. For the three of us, the Chargers is one of one our family’s most important legacies, just as it was for our parents,” the statement said.

“Unfortunately, our sister Dea seems to have a different and misguided personal agenda. If Dea no longer wishes to be part of this family legacy, the three of us stand ready to purchase her share of the franchise, as our agreements give us the right to do.

“In the meantime, the operations of the Chargers will be entirely unaffected by this matter.”

The Chargers moved from San Diego to temporary quarters in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson before the 2017 season. They moved into SoFi Stadium in 2020, sharing it with the Los Angeles Rams.

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Chargers agree to terms with LB Kyler Fackrell

The Los Angeles Chargers agreed to terms with free-agent linebacker Kyler Fackrell on Wednesday, according to the team.

The terms of the deal were not yet disclosed.

Fackrell spent the 2020 season with the New York Giants, where he recorded four sacks and 34 total tackles in 12 games (nine starts).

The 29-year-old spent his first four seasons with the Green Bay Packers as a third-round pick in the 2016 draft out of Utah State.

Fackrell recorded a career-high 10.5 sacks for the Packers in 2018.

He has 145 tackles, 20.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception (which went for a touchdown) in 73 career games (18 starts).

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Chargers sign OL Oday Aboushi to 1-year deal

Free agent offensive lineman Oday Aboushi agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers, the team announced Saturday.

The agreement is for one year, $1.75 million, NFL Network and ESPN reported.

The Chargers will be Aboushi’s sixth NFL team. He was drafted in the 5th round by the New York Jets in 2013 and also has played for the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions.

Aboushi, 29, appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2020 and made eight starts for Detroit.

He is the third offensive lineman Los Angeles has signed in free agency, joining former Green Bay center Corey Linsley and Pittsburgh guard Matt Feiler.

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Report: Chargers land TE Jared Cook on 1-year deal

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The Los Angeles Chargers have landed free agent tight end Jared Cook on a one-year, $6 million deal, ESPN and NFL Network reported Thursday.

Cook replaces Hunter Henry, who signed with the New England Patriots. Cook gets $4.5 million guaranteed, per the reports.

Cook, who turns 34 next month, has made the Pro Bowl two of the past three years. He comes off a two-year stint in New Orleans where he caught 80 passes for 1,209 yards and 16 touchdowns. His best season came in 2018 in Oakland when he recorded career highs in catches (68) and yards (896).

Cook has 505 career receptions for 6,673 yards and 41 TDs in 178 games (89 starts) for the Tennessee Titans (2009-12), St. Louis Rams (2013-15), Green Bay Packers (2016), Raiders and Saints.

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Chargers sign All-Pro C Corey Linsley to $62.5M deal

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All-Pro center Corey Linsley signed a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The team is set to introduce Linsley and reportedly will pay him $62.5 million over the lifetime of the deal.

Linsley allowed a league-best one quarterback pressure during the 2020 season with the Green Bay Packers. By comparison, Chargers starter Dan Feeney gave up 33 pressures last season, more than any center in the NFL in 2020.

In addition to re-signing cornerback Michael Davis to a three-year deal, the Chargers also officially announced offensive guard Matt Feiler (Steelers) signed Wednesday. Terms were not available.

Earlier in the week the Chargers released cornerback Casey Heyward.

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Reports: Chargers agree to $62.5M deal with C Corey Linsley

The Los Angeles Chargers reached agreement on a five-year, $62.5 million deal with free agent center Corey Linsley, according to multiple reports.

The agreement is the most lucrative for a center in NFL history, according to reports.

Linsley spent his first seven NFL season with the Green Bay Packers. The 29-year-old started all 99 regular-season and 11 postseason games he played for Green Bay.

He played in 13 games last season and missed three due to a knee injury, and became the first Green Bay center since Jim Ringo in 1963 to earn first-team All-Pro honors.

Linsley was a fifth-round pick in 2014 out of Ohio State.

The Chargers needed a center after the recent retirement of Mike Pouncey.

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Chargers release two-time Pro Bowl CB Casey Hayward

The Los Angeles Chargers released two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Hayward spent the past five seasons with the team and recorded 14 interceptions. He picked off a career-best seven in 2016 during the franchise’s final season in San Diego before the team departed for Los Angeles.

Hayward was a Pro Bowl selection in both 2016 and 2017. He was slated to receive $9.75 million in base salary in 2021 in the final campaign of a three-year, $33.25 million deal

“While the decision to add Casey to the team was obviously one of the best free agent signings we have ever made, this roster-related decision is one of the most difficult,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. “At the end of the day, however, this decision does not diminish what Casey has meant to the Chargers organization nor our gratitude for his time here.

“Casey is the consummate professional and a shining example for everyone who aspires to play in the NFL.”

Hayward had 41 tackles and one interception in 14 games (13 starts) in 2020.

He told longtime NFL reporter Josina Anderson that the move wasn’t a surprise.

“I’ve known for a couple of days,” Hayward said, according to Anderson. “I know they were seeing if they could trade me, wanting to keep my salary the same. I’m definitely open to new possibilities now. I want to play at least a couple more years.”

Hayward spent his first four NFL seasons (2012-15) with the Green Bay Packers. He had nine interceptions, six coming as a rookie.

Overall, Hayward has 385 tackles, 23 interceptions and four fumble recoveries during nine NFL seasons.

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Chargers release G Trai Turner

Unable to find a trade partner, the Los Angeles Chargers released five-time Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner on Friday.

Turner, 27, was a third-round draft pick by Carolina in the 2014 NFL Draft and was a Pro Bowl selection from 2015-19. The Panthers traded him to the Chargers last March for tackle Russell Okung.

Turner was entering the final year of a four-year, $45 million contract extension he signed with Carolina in July 2017, and releasing him will save the Chargers about $11.5 million in salary cap money.

In his only season in Los Angeles, knee and groin injuries limited Turner to only nine games. With the Panthers, he appeared in 16 games twice and 13 games in each of his other four seasons.

The Chargers also released linebacker Malik Jefferson, who made five tackles on special teams in 13 games with the team in 2020. He finished the 2019 season on the Los Angeles practice squad.

Jefferson, 24, has played in 34 games over the past three seasons, including stints with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018 and Cleveland Browns in 2019.

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Sheriff: Vincent Jackson suffered from ‘chronic alcoholism’

Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson struggled with alcoholism and other health issues before he was found dead in a Florida hotel room this week, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said Wednesday.

Chronister also said Jackson’s family is concerned he might have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a progressive and fatal disease that has been linked to concussions.

Jackson, 38, was found dead Monday at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, where he had been living since Jan. 11.

“We got the autopsy report back that is going to be released today,” Chronister said during an appearance on the M.J. Morning Show on Q105-FM, per the Tampa Bay Times.

“Unfortunately, he suffered from chronic alcoholism. Again, just tragic. We haven’t gotten the toxicology report back, so can’t say with any certainty that was it. But a lot of longstanding health conditions that contributed to his passing because of some alcohol abuse.”

According to Chronister, Jackson’s family suspects CTE because he sustained multiple concussions during a 12-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers (2005-11) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-16).

“This is just speculation, but what the family is telling me is that he suffered from CTE,” he said. “They believe he had a lot of concussion problems. When you suffer from that, you’re not yourself, you’re not your normal self. And they believe wholeheartedly all of these actions are a result of what he suffered while he was playing in the NFL.”

Jackson earned three Pro Bowl selections and posted six 1,000-yard seasons. He caught 540 passes for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns in 155 games.

Known for his charitable endeavors, Jackson was Tampa Bay’s nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award four times.

Jackson’s death prompted former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf to blast the league for not doing enough to help players in need.

“I don’t know who needs to hear this, or if I just needed to say it, but I will not continue to stand by and watch my brothers disappear because the multi billion $$$ corporation won’t do the right thing,” Leaf posted on Twitter along with an emotional video.

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Former NFL WR Vincent Jackson found dead in hotel

Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday in a Florida hotel room, authorities confirmed.

Police said the 38-year-old Jackson had been staying at the Homewood Suites in the Tampa suburb of Brandon since Jan. 11.

Jackson’s family reported him missing on Feb. 10. Two days later, deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office located him at the hotel and spoke with him. After assessing his well-being, the missing persons report was canceled.

A housekeeper found Jackson deceased at about 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday.

The sheriff’s office said there were no apparent signs of trauma. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

Jackson played 12 seasons with the then-San Diego Chargers (2005-11) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-16). The three-time Pro Bowl selection caught 540 passes for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns in 155 games.

“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else.”

Jackson posted six 1,000-yard seasons. He led the NFL with 19.2 yards per reception in his first season with Tampa Bay in 2012.

Jackson became to emerge as a top receiver when he caught 18 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns in three games in the 2007 postseason. The Chargers lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

The Chargers selected him in the second round (61st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Northern Colorado.

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