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,31commentsImportant off-season dates (hot dates coming up! Yow!)PSTShareTweetShareShareWhat’s next for the Chargers?For all but two franchises, these next two weeks are among the most excruciating of the year. Twelve teams made the playoffs; now ten of which are at home on their couch. This is where the Chargers currently find themselves, and it would be easy to give in to depression and sink into a lonely Cheetos-filled blob.But there are other options. Not only that, there’s still some Chargers football on the horizon. The Chargers made headlines a few weeks back when they had more team members heading to the Pro Bowl than any other (seven!).While Philip Rivers has decided to stay home for the game (Andrew Luck will take his place), six other Chargers will see the field this week.Sunday, January 27 @ 2pmThe 2019 Pro BowlThe Pro Bowl is being held in Orlando Derek Watt Color Rush Jersey
, FL, which makes it an attractive destination for some of the NFL’s finest to take their families. While the Chargers originally had seven entrants (the most in the NFL), the departure of Philip Rivers moves them down to six.The Bears now have the most entrants with eight, but we should have a good time watching key offensive players have a field day in the Sunshine State (and maybe the defensive guys will have a good time as well?).WR Keenan AllenRB Melvin Gordon IIIFS Derwin JamesST Adrian PhillipsC Mike PounceyDE Melvin IngramQB Philip Rivers (Replaced by Andrew Luck)The fun doesn’t stop there— the Chargers’ coaching staff are also joining the Pro Bowl, while the Cowboys will represent the NFC. Much has been made about how Bill Belichick got to learn more about Philip Rivers during their Pro Bowl meetup. This can be a very important way for coaches to learn more about potential best-of-the-best free agents, so there’s certainly an upside to coaching the Pro Bowl.February 3:Super Bowl LIII Travis Benjamin Color Rush Jersey
, Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)Well, I guess this is as good a time as any to melt into a Cheetos-blob, but it’s important to realize that the new league year is barely a month away and that there’s lots of things to look forward to even after the Super Bowl (and we’re not even talking about non NFL action that might interest Chargers fans). February 19:First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players February 26 - March 4:NFL Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, Indiana) March 5:Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. The Chargers did not tag anyone in 2018. March 11:Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations Keenan Allen Color Rush Jersey
, with the agents of pending Unrestricted Free Agents on other teams. Often referred to as the “legal tampering period.” March 13:New League Year and Free Agency Begins at 4 p.m.All players, whose contracts expire this offseason, will officially do so.Teams are allowed to have a maximum of 90 players on their active roster until final cuts in September.Top-51 Rule begins, which means all clubs must be under the 2019 Salary Cap. However, only the top-51 salaries are counted against the cap until rosters are paired down to 53 in September.Teams may begin signing free agents from other teams.Teams may officially begin trading players still under contract for the 2019 season.So there you have it, Chargers fans! You have one more chance to see some of your favorite 2018 Chargers in action LaDainian Tomlinson Color Rush Jersey
, but there’s going to be lots of juicy stories (and probably even more Steelers drama, LOL) in the next few weeks. It’s not easy, but together we’ll get through it!-Jason “Turn that frown upside down!” Michaels On Monday, the day where all 32 teams teams could begin their legal tampering prior to the new league year, the Raiders made two more big money deals by signing former Patriots left tackle Trent..."On Monday, the day where all 32 teams teams could begin their legal tampering prior to the new league year Jatavis Brown Color Rush Jersey
, the Raiders made two more big money deals by signing former Patriots left tackle Trent Brown and former Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner to four-year deals.Brown’s 4-year/$66 million deal allowed him to become the NFL’s highest-paid offensive linemen in league history. Joyner’s deal is good for $41 million in total, making him tied with the Vikings’ Harrison Smith as the fifth-highest paid safety in the league at 10.25 million per year.The Kansas City Chiefs also parked the Brinks truck outside of safety Tyrann Mathieu’s house as the team offered him a 3-year deal worth over $42 million. That $14 million/year average tiesMathieu with Washington’s Landon Collins as the largest contract in the NFL for a safety.Last but not least, the Denver Broncos signed former-Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson to a 3-year deal worth up to $33 million with $23 million guaranteed. According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson was rated as their fifth-ranked cornerback in the league, last year. He joins Chris Harris in the secondary who was PFF’s fourth-ranked CB in 2018.