OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 09: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after a play against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It’s anyone’s best guess, and my best guess is late August based on what I’ve heard. Every time Jon Gruden and Reggie McKenzie are asked about their best player, they offer a hopeful tone but one that doesn’t hint a resolution is imminent. Mack’s camp, headed by agent Joel Segal, will take their time. He’s a top three defensive player, and wants to be paid as such, maybe even more. Maybe Segal is waiting for Aaron Donald to get paid, then ask for more. Donald’s camp could be doing the same. I expect Mack to be signed to a long-term extension before the regular season, but getting there may make some fans nervous as that Sept. 10 opener against Donald’s Rams inches closer. CONTINUE READING, by  

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Frustrated with early playoff exits, the Kansas City Chiefs made significant changes this offseason. It is not often that you see an NFL team voluntarily trade a more-than-capable starting quarterback, but that is exactly what happened when the Chiefs dealt Alex Smith after arguably his best NFL season (87.1 overall PFF grade, T-sixth among quarterbacks). The Chiefs also shipped off their biggest playmaker on defense by trading away disgruntled All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters. Despite the roster shakeup, the Chiefs remain legitimate playoff contenders as they vie to defend their AFC West crown. CONTINUE READING, by Pete Sweeney

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In Los Angeles, the galaxy of sports stars is growing. LeBron James picked the Lakers, soon after Ndamukong Suh chose the Rams. Manny Machado went to the Dodgers in a trade Wednesday, a deal that doesn’t happen unless Machado likes L.A.

Are the former San Diego Chargers next to land a star? You may remember the Spanoses vowed to Fight For L.A. last year, but their squad started 0-4 and fell short of the playoffs.

Trading for perhaps the NFL’s best free safety, Earl Thomas, who’s in a contractual stalemate with the Seahawks, would create an L.A. ripple, and the Chargers are indeed the best trade fit for Thomas, wrote ESPN’s Mike Sando last month. Sando noted Thomas would reunite with Gus Bradley, who coordinated Seahawks defenses that featured him in center field.

More so than the Seahawks or the Cowboys, the Chargers would offer Thomas, 29, a chance to reach the Super Bowl tournament this season. CONTINUE READING, by Tom Krasovic

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Six years of college football that produced the most prolific statistics in history. Undrafted, released three times and traded once as a pro.Started and won a game six days after being signed off … CONTINUE READING, by 


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