Apr 30, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Birmingham Stallions offensive lineman Cameron Hunt (78) celebrates a win over the New Orleans Breakers with the fans at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sign former USFL C/G Cameron Hunt

The Los Angeles Chargers signed former USFL center/guard Cameron Hunt on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman earned all-league honors with the USFL champion Birmingham Stallions in 2022.

Undrafted out of Oregon in 2017, Hunt spent time on NFL practice squads with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and then-Oakland Raiders.

To make room on the roster, the Chargers waived offensive tackle Andrew Trainer with an injury designation.

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Jun 1, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. (3) during organized team activities at Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers S Derwin James not practicing amid contract talks

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James will not practice at training camp until he secures a long-term deal, coach Brandon Staley confirmed Wednesday.

“We’re working through his contract situation. So, just making sure that gets situated,” Staley said. “He’s out here doing all the walk-throughs, he’s going to be working out. But he won’t be going full speed until that gets situated.”

James, who turns 26 next week, is set to earn just over $9 million this season on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

Staley said there is “full respect” on both sides of the negotiating table.

“They know how much we love Derwin,” he said. “Derwin knows how much we love him. And we’re just working through that process right now. We’re going to let it take shape and when it does, he’ll be out there playing.”

A first-round pick in 2018 and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, James has 257 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five interceptions and three forced fumbles in 36 career starts.

Staley said James is “100 percent” following offseason shoulder surgery and that he will be able to resume practicing once an extension is reached.

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Jun 14, 2022; Costa Mesa, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack (52) during minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Going Camping: Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers might be cursed. Four times since 2010, including last year, the Chargers had a winning record but missed the playoffs.

Justin Herbert and friends would like to put a stop to that. They acquired Khalil Mack and signed cornerback J.C. Jackson to prepare for the AFC West, a division so loaded it’s hard to identify the favorite.

Training camp location: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Jack Hammett Sports Complex
Rookie report date: July 19
Veteran report date: July 26

Key acquisitions: TE Gerald Everett, CB JC Jackson, OG Zion Johnson, DT Sebastian Joseph, LB Khalil Mack, LB Kyle Van Noy, RB Isaiah Spiller
Key losses: TE Jared Cook, DT Linval Joseph, CB Chris Harris, OG Michael Schofield

Cornerback J.C. Jackson might not get national fanfare, but at 26 he was one of the top players available in free agency. Defense was a sweet spot for the Chargers in the open market, scoring DT Sebastian Joseph and trading for OLB Khalil Mack.

GM Tom Telesco also won with a series of under-the-radar moves, including nickel CB Bryce Callahan (one-year deal) and 35-year-old backup QB Chase Daniel.

Rookies could play a key role on offense with right guard Zion Johnson already on the first unit and talented RB Isaiah Spiller providing a complement to Austin Ekeler.

The pairing of Mack and Joey Bosa in front of a spearhunting group in the secondary could have Brandon Staley’s team set up to make a major move in the AFC West.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:
Raiders at Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET
Line: Chargers -4 (FanDuel)
Total: 51.5 points

The Chargers will aim for revenge after losing the regular-season finale to the Raiders when a win would have punched their playoff ticket. Mack gets to face the team that drafted him, then traded him in 2018 rather than sign him to a megadeal.

–BIG BOY BOSA

Knowing it should be the best division in the league this year, DraftKings is offering several props exclusive to the AFC West, including who will lead the division in sacks. Joey Bosa (+200) has the shortest odds on the board, but the wager remains enticing enough to give a whirl on a guy who’s averaged nearly three-quarters of a sack per game for his career and gaining a serious sidekick in Khalil Mack.

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May 13, 2022; Costa Mesa CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers guard Zion Johnson (77) during rookie minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sign first-round pick G Zion Johnson

The Los Angeles Chargers signed first-round draft pick Zion Johnson to his four-year rookie contract on Friday.

Johnson’s deal is reportedly worth $14.75 million and includes a $7.9 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-3, 316-pound guard from Boston College was the No. 17 overall pick in last month’s draft.

Johnson, 22, earned All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors last season.

Projected to start at right guard with the Chargers, he allowed just one sack in 2,288 career snaps at Boston College.

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Dec 19, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Morgan Fox (91) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sign veteran DL Morgan Fox

The Los Angeles Chargers signed veteran defensive lineman Morgan Fox on Wednesday, agent David Canter declared via social media.

Fox, 27, played in all 17 games (nine starts) for the Carolina Panthers in 2021 and posted 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

He spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams after going undrafted in 2016.

Current Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was Fox’s defensive coordinator with the Rams in 2020.

Fox has 12 sacks, 24 quarterback hits, 103 tackles and four fumble recoveries in 69 career games (15 starts).

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Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) celebrates after an interception for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chargers expected to sign LB Kyle Van Noy

The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to sign free agent linebacker Kyle Van Noy as early as Thursday, NFL Network and USA Today reported.

Van Noy is in for a visit with the Chargers. He was released by the New England Patriots in March in a cost-cutting move.

The Chargers have beefed up their defense in the offseason, adding cornerbacks J.C. Jackson and Bryce Callahan, linebacker Khalil Mack, defensive tackles Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson in free agency. They also drafted safety JT Woods in the third round of last week’s draft.

Van Noy, 30, is a free agent for the third consecutive offseason. He signed a two-year deal worth $12 million with the Patriots about a week after Miami released him in March 2021.

In his second tour of duty in New England in 2021, Van Noy recorded 66 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 games (eight starts). He also played for the Patriots from 2016-19.

Van Noy has 28.5 career sacks and three interceptions in 111 career games (73 starts) for the Detroit Lions, Pats and Dolphins. The Lions selected Van Noy in the second round of the 2014 draft.

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Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (99) reacts after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers declining option on DT Jerry Tillery

The Los Angeles Chargers are declining the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, NFL Network reported Monday.

Tillery, who would have been guaranteed a $10.753 million salary for the 2023 season, remains firmly in the team’s long-term plans, per the report.

Tillery, 25, set career highs with 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 16 games (15 starts) last season.

He has 98 tackles, 31 quarterback hits, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 47 games (29 starts) since the Chargers drafted him in the first round (28th overall) in 2019.

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Oct 4, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New Orleans Saints center Will Clapp (64) at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sign former Saints OL Will Clapp

The Los Angeles Chargers said Tuesday that they have signed center/guard Will Clapp.

No terms of the deal were revealed by the club.

Clapp, 26, spent four NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints and played in 34 games, making seven starts. Last season, Clapp started three of nine games played.

Clapp was a seventh-round pick out of LSU in the 2018 NFL draft.

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Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  General view of the NFL shield logo signage before the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Browns, Chargers LB Bob Babich dead at 74

NFL first-round draft pick and former San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns linebacker Bob Babich died. He was 74.

The National Football Foundation announced Wednesday that Babich passed away on April 3 in the Clairemont community of San Diego. The cause of death was not revealed.

“An exceptional hard hitting linebacker, Bob Babich made his mark in Oxford as one of the best in the country,” NFF chairman Archie Manning said. “He was great guy to be around with a great sense of humor and full of great stories. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Babich, a bruising 6-foot-2, 231-pound linebacker, played nine NFL seasons after a standout college career at Miami (Ohio), where he played under head coach Bo Schembechler. He was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1968.

In 1994, he became the only Bobcats player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Youngstown, Ohio, native was selected in the first round (No. 18 overall) in the 1969 NFL Draft by San Diego, where he broke into the lineup in 1970 — when he started every game.

That began a stretch when Babich missed only three games, all in 1975, over his nine NFL seasons. For his career, he started 86 of his 125 games with the Chargers (1969-72) and Browns (1973-78).

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Jan 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Troy Reeder (51) celebrates after he sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in the first half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LB Troy Reeder stays in L.A., leaves Rams for Chargers

Free-agent linebacker Troy Reeder left the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and signed with the crosstown Chargers, the team announced Tuesday.

The Rams decided against tendering the three-year veteran a contract offer this offseason, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Terms of his Chargers contract were not disclosed.

Reeder will reunite with Chargers head coach Brandon Staley, who coached Reeder as the Rams defensive coordinator during the 2020 season.

The 27-year-old Reeder worked his way from going undrafted out of Delaware in 2019 to a part-time starting role with the Rams, with his production increasing in each season. Last season he posted career highs in tackles (91), tackles for loss (six), interceptions (two) and passes defensed (six) while playing 17 games and starting 10.

In three seasons Reeder has posted 230 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and 11 tackles for loss in 49 games (25 starts).

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