In this series, we take a look at 16 players for the San Diego Chargers 25 years of age or younger who could be considered foundational or impact players for this franchise as general manager Tom Telesco and coach Mike McCoy continue Year 3 of developing a sustainable playoff contender.

Player: C/G Trevor Robinson

Age: 24

The skinny: The Chargers signed Robinson off the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad on Oct. 7 last year. Robinson signed with Cincinnati in 2012 as an undrafted free agent and played in 13 games, starting seven as a rookie. In 2014, Robinson played in six games for the Chargers, splitting time at center and on special teams. Robinson spent the first five weeks of last year on Cincinnati’s practice squad. He played in 157 snaps on offense for the Chargers last season.

Reason for optimism: At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Robinson was a solid performer at center last season. He could get an opportunity to compete for playing time with fellow Norte Dame product Chris Watt at center. In that scenario, Watt would move to right guard. Even if he doesn’t earn a starting job, Robinson provides depth along the interior offensive line. Robinson signed a two-year deal in free agency to stay in San Diego. “Having really solid role players that we know can step in and play a bigger role if they have to is important, especially with all of the injuries that happen in this league,” Telesco said. “Trevor stepped in and played really solid football at center. He also has a background at guard, so he’s got that versatility which is very big on game day.”

Reason for concern: The Chargers used Robinson to replace more experienced backup centers in Rich Ohrnberger and Doug Legursky, so his development within San Diego’s scheme will be important. Robinson received a negative grade from Pro Football Focus for his performance last season, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

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" Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that San Diego Chargers head team physician Christopher Wahl will step down in the coming weeks, citing family reasons and franchise uncertainty.

According to the report, Wahl worked for the University of Washington before taking the job with the Chargers in 2013, replacing Dr. David Chao, who filled that role for 17 seasons. Wahl intends to return to Seattle with his wife and three children. He’ll stay with the franchise through the draft.

"We just don't know what's going to happen in the future,” Wahle told Gehlken. “I don't know if the Chargers are going to be here or in L.A. My leaving is no index one way or another. I honestly don't know the answer to that question. I think it'd be a mistake to miss the opportunity to go back to Seattle now and have the Chargers leave and go to Los Angeles.”

" Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego writes that league owners are on board with the return of the NFL to Los Angeles.

" In this ESPN Insider piece, Matt Williamson gives the Chargers a "B" grade for their effort in free agency. Williamson: “It looks like they are building a bunch of giants up front on offense with D.J. Fluker, [Orlando] Franklin and [King] Dunlap. I like what they are doing there and they have some versatility with those guys. I'd like to see this offense add speed, though. I do not know who is fast on this offense.”

" Ricky Henne of Chargers.com breaks down University of Washington safety/linebacker Shaq Thompson.

" Jay Paris of The Mighty 1090 writes that there’s a sense of building momentum in San Diego with the stadium push.

" San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith talks with Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM about his role in a city-county partnership on getting a stadium done in San Diego in this audio link.

" Charley Casserly of the NFL Network talks with Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090 AM about the Chargers in this audio link.

SAN DIEGO -- Many of you probably read our ESPN the Magazine collaboration with ESPN.com ranking 122 teams from the four major sports on the strength of each franchise’s analytics staff, its buy in from executives and coaches, its investment in biometric data and how much its approach is predicated on analytics.

Of course, the Chargers finished among the bottom 10 teams in the study. The team politely declined our request for information on how they used analytics when asked earlier this year.

However, we got a pretty good idea about how the team felt about analytics from head coach Mike McCoy’s comments last year, after I asked him if analytics played any role in whether he decided to go for it on fourth down.

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AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziChargers coach Mike McCoy acknowledges that analytics don't play a very big role in his game-day decision-making.

McCoy isn’t exactly a risk taker. He’s gone for it just 17 times since taking over as San Diego's head coach in 2013, third fewest in the NFL during that span.

In an effort to provide context on the issue from the organization’s perspective, I asked general manager Tom Telesco about how the Chargers use analytics during a recent press conference, and here’s what he said:

“It certainly has a role in all the different areas. It is something we have used. We don’t rely on it 100 percent, but it does help us with decisions. It may help you sometimes go back and take a second look at some different players. Sometimes it will verify what you may see with your eyes, which is the best of both worlds. But we do use it and rely on it. I can’t put a percentage on it, but it’s a part of the process.”

Telesco added that the Chargers do not have a person on staff who specializes in analytics, but they are used throughout the personnel department. Well, that doesn’t sound like an analytics hater.

I took it a step further this week, going in for a second time and asking McCoy his thoughts on using analytics in helping to make on-field decisions on game days. As you can imagine, McCoy isn’t exactly a fan, insisting on making gut decisions based on what’s happening in real time rather than using researched data gathered over the years to guide his decision making.

“It’s a reference,” McCoy said. “But I’m not going to look at a piece of paper and say in a game I should or I shouldn’t do this because it’s a feel. Look at the San Francisco game. How many times did we go for it on fourth down and get it?”

The Chargers finished 3-for-3 on fourth-down conversions in a come-from-behind, overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 20.

“There’s a feel for those things,” McCoy said. “So when you do go for it, how is your team playing? What are the conditions? What are you going to do when you’re Pittsburgh in December and it’s awful weather, and you’ve got to kick a longer field goal and the wind’s blowing in your face, and there’s a certain score on the scoreboard? What are you going to do?

“Well, you’ve got to make a call. There’s that stat that says you should do this at this certain point of the game. Well, it doesn’t take into consideration weather, injuries. I mean, what do you want to do in Tennessee when we lose all of those [offensive] linemen? There’s no stat that can cover that for us. So as a coach you have to make sure that you do in the moment what the best thing is for your team.”

While not leaning on analytics in his game-day decision making, McCoy did acknowledge taking a closer look at the numbers regarding the rash of injuries his team experienced his first two years in San Diego.

“I think from my perspective, when you talk about the injury part it’s more of the pulls of muscles and certain things,” McCoy said. “[Strength coach] Kent Johnston and [head trainer] James Collins, they do all of that research, and they give me some input on some things.

“I look at the dates of when things happen, and how we are practicing. Are we practicing too long, or do we not warm up enough – those types of things. There’s so many things that go into every injury.”

SAN DIEGO -- With the San Diego Chargers so far passing on filling a need for a running back in free agency, it looks as though general manager Tom Telesco will get his runner in this year’s draft.

Several mock drafts now have the Chargers taking Georgia’s Todd Gurley or Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon at No. 17. But are they worthy of a first-round selection?

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t think so.

“I wouldn’t take a running back in the first, but that’s just me,” Kiper said. “I think somebody will take one of the two, maybe both. If you had to say right now, I think one goes, not two. But two are possible.”

Kiper has Gordon as his top-rated running back, and believes this could be the first time since 2012 that a runner gets drafted in the first round.

However, if Gurley did not suffer an ACL knee injury last season, Kiper believes he would be a first-round lock.

“Certainly Todd Gurley would have been a top 10 to 15 back had he not gotten hurt,” Kiper said. “He’s elite. He’s got a chance to be a great player in this league if he can stay healthy. He’s coming off of that injury, so how much production are you going to get out of him as a rookie? Are you willing to maybe redshirt him, or know that you’re not going to him at his best this year? It will be maybe Year 2 when you see him at complete 100 percent.”

If the Chargers do take a running back in the first round, I think they go Gordon over Gurley for a couple reasons. First, the organization values production, and Gordon certainly produced at a high level while at Wisconsin, rushing for an FBS-leading 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns his final season for the Badgers.

The injury issue with Gurley is concerning, particularly with all of the health concerns the organization dealt with when Ryan Mathews was in San Diego. Gordon can hit the ground running in San Diego’s offseason program, while there’s a chance that Gurley would begin the year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Gordon is a fit in San Diego’s offense, and will be successful in a zone- or power-running scheme.

There’s some concern that Gordon is not worthy of a first-round selection because he may not be a three-down running back. Some draft analysts question Gordon’s ability to play on third down and catch the ball out of the backfield. I think he’s improving in that area. Further, the

Chargers have plenty of guys already on the roster in Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown who can fill that role.

Gordon also is clean off the field, and by selecting a running back in the opening round the Chargers control the player contract-wise for five seasons.

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Sandy Huffaker/Getty ImagesSan Diego city and county will work together on a new stadium proposal for the Chargers. They also collaborated on Qualcomm Stadium in the '60s.

SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday that the city and county will collaborate on an agreement allowing the two government entities to hire a high-powered negotiation team, expert attorneys and an investment banker to facilitate future talks on a stadium deal with the San Diego Chargers.

The expert consultants, Faulconer said, will help vet a conceptual finance plan for a stadium proposal at the Mission Valley site recommended by the citizens' stadium advisory group that he should receive by May 20.

Faulconer said the group will split the costs for the consultants, which could exceed $500,000.

"This partnership helps make it official, that the entire San Diego region is united," Faulconer said. "We are coming together, and there is real progress that is being made."

In 1964, the city and county collaborated on the financing and construction of Qualcomm Stadium. This group hopes to achieve the same thing with a replacement facility for the Chargers.

The collaboration between the city and county is an important one because the county carries a triple-A credit rating and hundreds of millions in reserves, allowing the government agency to help serve as a financier for any stadium deal.


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SAN DIEGO -- During a conversation with San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix, I asked him about the impact recent free-agent addition Stevie Johnson will have on the offense, and if he’s a direct replacement for Eddie Royal.

McCoy said that the organization had good information on Johnson from coaches on the staff that spent time with the 28-year-old receiver in Buffalo, including tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars, offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris and assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees. All three coaches were on Buffalo’s coaching staff during Johnson’s tenure with the Bills.

“Obviously they’re not coaching the receivers,” McCoy said. “But they talked about what type of guy he was there and the success he had. Watching the film, it speaks for itself. Now, I know he didn’t have the production that he wanted to have last year in San Francisco, but he’s a very explosive player. I think he can do a lot of things that we would want another receiver to do in a unique role.”

McCoy’s comments about Johnson’s big-play ability intrigued me so I did some research. Johnson had three, 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 2010 to 2012. He finished with 1,046 yards after the catch during that time frame, good enough for No. 15 in the NFL.

Johnson also finished with 23 touchdown receptions from 2010 to 2012, tied for No. 12 in the NFL. Antonio Gates had 24 touchdowns during the same time frame, tied for No. 10 in the league.

While not a perfect swap for Royal, McCoy said he can do some similar things in the slot, but they have to get Johnson on the field with Philip Rivers to see what he does best within the framework of the offense.

“We’ve got to get him in our system first, because it’s different, going from Buffalo to San Francisco, and now with San Diego,” McCoy said. “He’ll get with Philip, and we will figure out what the two of them do best together. And if he’s the best route-runner in a certain situation, we’re going to do a lot of it and let him run it.”

Ultimately, the Chargers hope they have a healthy receiver in Johnson, who had an aberration in terms of his pro career at San Francisco last year and can get back to the production he put on tape while with Buffalo.

If Johnson can return to form, he’s offers the Chargers a polished route runner and versatile performer who should create explosive plays for Rivers and San Diego’s offense.

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts will announce on Thursday that the two government bodies have joined forces to work collaboratively and explore financing options for a new Chargers stadium.

The group will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m ET.

This is a positive step, after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during his news conference with reporters on Wednesday that he felt San Diego was taking a more aggressive approach with the city’s stadium effort.

Goodell said he spoke with Faulconer a few weeks ago.

“He’s put a very aggressive time frame forward to try and get a solution,” Goodell said. “I think that’s a positive step. And I encourage him to continue down that path.”

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk believes the Chargers are headed to Los Angeles from hearing the scuttlebutt around the league after spending three days at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Jarrett Bell of USA Today writes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is a force that won’t be stopped in his pursuit of the L.A. market.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that the NFL needs to do right by Los Angeles after 20 years of flirtation.

Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090 talks with Chargers stadium point man Mark Fabiani about the team’s dealing in Carson in this audio link.

Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talked with Chargers president Dean Spanos about finding a new stadium and the Philip Rivers trade talk in this audio link.

Former Charger Shawne Merriman discusses his reason for helping to keep the Chargers in San Diego in this video.

Former Chargers’ center Nick Hardwick writing for The Players Tribune discusses the difficulties of moving on after football.

ESPN NFL Insider Kevin Seifert wonders if the NFL will work on being more humble after one of the most damaging years publicly in recent memory.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland ranks the Chargers No. 21 in his draft value index. San Diego has six picks this year, with no pick in the seventh round.

Kim Jones of NFL.com talks with University of Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory, who admitted he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February.

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PHOENIX -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters at the conclusion of the league owners meetings Wednesday that speed is not driving the process in the inevitable return of professional football to Los Angeles, but rather finding the right fit that will work in the nation's second-largest market long-term.

"Right now our focus is on the process, making sure we're evaluating the opportunities in their existing markets and making sure we understand that," Goodell said. "And also making sure that we understand what it takes to be successful in Los Angeles long-term."

Goodell said that owners discussed the possibility of moving up the time frame during which teams can apply for relocation -- currently set for Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 next year -- to sometime in 2015 in order to give teams relocating to Los Angeles a better chance at transitioning for the 2016 NFL season.

"We have some discussions within our committee of whether that time frame -- if there was a relocation -- whether that's the appropriate time frame to do so," Goodell said. "There's a lot to do when you relocate a franchise. And if a decision is made earlier, would that give the teams a better opportunity to properly transition to a new marketplace, which is the goal if there a relocation.

"So that's been discussed. I know we certainly have not come to any conclusion on that. We haven't ruled it out, though."


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PHOENIX -- It’s always interesting to get a different perspective from coaches of other teams who worked with new additions to the San Diego Chargers.

At the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday morning, we had a chance to catch up with two head coaches who worked with recent free-agent additions for the Chargers, offensive lineman Orlando Franklin and cornerback Patrick Robinson.

New Chicago Bears head coach John Fox worked with Franklin while serving as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Fox vouched for Franklin’s toughness and tenacity on the field.

“He’s a great kid,” Fox said. “He started ever since he came out as a rookie. He started at right tackle. We moved him to guard. I think he’s a tremendous teammate and a tremendous young player that I wish nothing but success.”

Fox said Franklin can play in a zone or power scheme up front offensively.

“Yeah, he’s got enough athleticism to play in a zone scheme,” Fox said. “And he’s a big, powerful body coming off.”

Fox also vouched for Franklin’s ability to play with a chip on his shoulder.

“He’s plenty tough enough,” Fox said.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton wished Robinson the best in his transition to the Chargers.

“He can run,” Payton said. “He was hampered with some injuries throughout his career. I’m a huge Patrick Robinson fan though. He’s a great person. He’s got long arms.

“He went through just a series of tough injuries, but every day you’d go to work, it’d be April or February and Patrick was in the locker room, rehabbing, getting ready and getting healthy. I’m anxious to see how he does, and I think everybody is pulling for a guy like him.”

Payton also discussed Robinson’s ability to find the football, with nine career interceptions.

“He has ball production,” Payton said. “At times his hands can be inconsistent when it’s above him. But when it’s in front of him they’re very good.”

PHOENIX -- Throughout the process of relocation and the various attempts to either bring football to Los Angeles or keep the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders in their current markets, many have been left to wonder what would happen to team or city on the outside looking in when it comes to this game of billion-dollar musical chairs.

It stands to reason that somebody is not going to get what they want, though it's still unclear which team or city that will be. All three of the current home markets could step up, or maybe none will. In the many permutations of how it could all play out, somebody is probably going to be left without a chair, or at least not the chair they most would like to sit in.

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Joe Amon/The Denver Post/Getty ImagesIf the Rams leaving St. Louis, don't expect St. Louis fans to be cheering for an expansion franchise.

That's left some questions about whether expansion would be a possibility? The answer, according to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, is no.

"I think expansion would be very difficult," Kraft said. "Look, I know. I bought my team 21 years ago, and I was so privileged to do it. If any ownership group puts their heart and soul into it, the local people will support it. It’s a product that the public wants, but they have to feel that you’re serious and want to do what you want to do. I don’t see expansion being an option. Any community that is privileged to have a team, love them up."

It's been no coincidence that during this whole process, the St. Louis stadium task force has made it clear they are working to keep the Rams in town but also have made it a point to refer to St. Louis as an "NFL city" on multiple occasions as well. The task force's Twitter hashtag even includes the NFL mention over something specifically related to the Rams.

That's because there are some factors beyond their control. Even if St. Louis can come up with the money to help finance a stadium, there's no guarantee Rams owner Stan Kroenke will be on board to chip in the $250 million being asked of him. So if he were to take the unprecedented step of moving away while a city is offering him public money, the NFL would still be hesitant to turn away from that offer.

Which is why, even as Kraft made it clear that the home markets should be given a fair shake, he also chose his words carefully when it comes to preserving current teams in their markets.

"My point of view, if they come up with a plan that looks pretty good and a strong financial package, we the NFL have an obligation, in my opinion, to have a team in St. Louis," Kraft said.

That team could be anybody, but it almost certainly won't be an expansion franchise. At this point, the NFL has reached a saturation point and though an expansion franchise would mean expansion fees, those fees would have to be astronomical to help offset the decreased size of the piece of the pie that 32 teams currently share.

So no matter who is sitting where when the music stops, don't expect any new players in the game.

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ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams discusses the team's pursuit of a developmental quarterback as an eventual replacement for Philip Rivers.

PHOENIX -- Good morning.

Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports talks with San Diego Chargers team president Dean Spanos about the stadium issue here at the NFL owners meetings this week.

Spanos told Corbett that while he’s moving forward on a stadium project with the Oakland Raiders in Carson, California, his first priority is to get something done in San Diego.

“Our goal is to try and stay in San Diego, but we’re waiting to see what happens with the plan the city comes back with,” Spanos said. “They had said they would make some sort of proposal in May.

“San Diego is a great city. I’ve been there over half my life. ... My kids were raised there. So I hope they come up with something that we can make it work.”

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times also reports that Spanos is considering the long-term success of the team on the stadium proposals, and his first goal is to remain in San Diego.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that if the Chargers do leave San Diego, there’s a slim chance the NFL returns to the city with a new team.

Lisa Halverstadt of the Voice of San Diego writes that claims of a gas plume under Qualcomm Stadium impeding the building of a new stadium there are overblown.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Field Yates ranks Philip Rivers as the top free agent for 2016. Eric Weddle is No. 14 on the list.

Adam Schein of NFL.com says he believes Chargers general manager Tom Telesco is not trading Philip Rivers.

Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090 talks with Telesco about Rivers in this video.

Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network compares Jameis Winston’s skill set to Rivers on the field.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com profiles Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong.

PHOENIX -- With the loss of running back Ryan Mathews to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, the San Diego Chargers are in need of a workhorse running back who can handle the majority of the carries.

While San Diego likely will look to the draft or free agency for that every-down back, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said that player could already be on the roster -- Branden Oliver, the team’s leading rusher last season.

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Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesBranden Oliver gave the Chargers valuable production as a rookie in 2014.

“Ryan was very unique,” McCoy said. “He’s different than what we have now. But as that physical guy, yes, you can say Branden is that physical guy we have now.”

An undrafted rookie free agent out of Buffalo, Oliver finished with 582 rushing yards and three touchdowns, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He twice rushed for over 100 yards in a game. The Chargers also get Danny Woodhead back from a broken ankle, and Donald Brown rounds out the running back group.

“We can win with the three guys we have now,” McCoy said. “I believe that. We’re going to play them all. So, they’re all going to play in their own way, and we’ll see what happens through the draft and the rest of free agency with what’s available.”

McCoy went on to say Oliver was fortunate to join an experienced running back room that included Woodhead, Mathews and Brown, so he could learn from all three of those players.

In other Chargers news:

  • McCoy said that recent free-agent addition Jimmy Wilson will compete with Jahleel Addae for the starting strong safety job left vacant when Marcus Gilchrist signed with the New York Jets in free agency. “As you’ve seen the last two years, we’re going to let everybody compete,” McCoy said. “And we’re going to play the best 11 guys. That’s a message we give the first day of the offseason program. We’re going to give everyone an opportunity through OTAs, minicamp and things like that --training camp -- to show us what you can do.”
  • Getting tight end Ladarius Green more involved in the offense will be a point of emphasis again this offseason, McCoy said. The Chargers effectively used a lot of three-receiver sets last season, which limited Green’s snap counts on game day “He works extremely hard,” McCoy said. “I don’t think it was anything he was doing physically out there. It was just a matter of philosophically what we were doing with the players we had. ... We need to use him more.”
  • McCoy confirmed what Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told reporters earlier this month -- D.J. Fluker is penciled in as the team’s right tackle, for now. However, McCoy said the team will play the best starting five up front, and there’s a chance Fluker could be moved inside down the road. “Right now he’s at right tackle with the way our roster is set right now, but that could change,” McCoy said. “And we’ll see over time what’s the best spot is for him. But I think the success he had two years ago, and the success he had throughout the year last year in what he could do, he can play tackle easily in this league. He’s done it for two years for us.”
  • McCoy said he’s not concerned about the stadium situation. “I’m coaching the team to win today -- that’s what I’m doing,” he said. “When Dean Spanos hired me, and the rest of the organization hired me to be the head coach, it’s to put a team together that competes week in and week out, and that’s what we’re going to do this year. It’s about winning. I can’t control the other things outside. My job is to lead the team, lead the players and do what we’re supposed to do.”

The San Diego Chargers have six selections in the 2015 NFL draft, which will be held April 30 to May 2 in Chicago.

For a third straight season, the Chargers were not awarded a compensatory pick for the 2015 NFL draft.

The Chargers do not have a pick in the seventh round because they traded it to the Dallas Cowboys for defensive lineman Sean Lissemore in September 2013.

Here’s a breakdown of the Chargers selections:

First round: No. 17 overall

Second round: No. 48 overall

Third round: No. 83 overall

Fourth round: No. 117 overall

Fifth round: No. 153 overall

Sixth round: No. 191 overall

PHOENIX – He already has waited 14 years to get a new stadium built for his franchise, so another couple months won’t hurt San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos.

Spanos attended a presentation by NFL executive Eric Grubman at the pristine grounds of the Arizona Biltmore resort on Monday. Currently, the three teams seeking to potentially relocate to Los Angeles are the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and the Chargers, if they cannot get stadium deals done in their home markets.

Spanos described the presentation as informational, and says now his focus will shift to a finance plan the citizens’ stadium advisory group is working to complete by a May 20 deadline.

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Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY SportsChargers president Dean Spanos said the 'ball is in the court' of the task force to bring forth a plan to finance a new stadium.

Appointed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the task force chose the Mission Valley site, home of Qualcomm Stadium, as the location of a new home for the Chargers. The team indicated to the task force that they were neutral on site location, but preferred a downtown site as home for a new facility.

Adam Day, chair of the advisory group, said the group’s finance plan will consider several revenue streams to finance the project, including contributions from the Chargers, the city, naming rights, personal seat licenses, parking, concessions, rent and the potential for mixed-use developments.

“It’s really difficult to make any kind of conclusion to anything until you see what they’re going to propose, so I’m just waiting,” Spanos said. “They’ve kind of put this self-imposed deadline of May 20, so we’ll wait and see.

“The ball is in their court. They made the commitment to come up with something by May 20, so we’ll just wait.”

Grubman is scheduled to travel to San Diego to meet with members of the advisory group for the first time about the stadium proposal on April 15.

One person familiar with the enormous potential of the Los Angeles market is Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, who serves on the NFL’s Los Angeles relocation committee. McNair was involved with the process when the NFL awarded an expansion franchise for the Houston Texans. Los Angeles was one of the competing cities for an expansion team.

“I understand what they’re going through,” McNair told ESPN NFL Nation Texans beat reporter Tania Ganguli. “I’m familiar with the market. I know what a burden it is and how difficult it is to bring all the people together to have the opportunity to construct a first-class stadium, and that’s not easy.”

McNair said the difference from when the Texans built their stadium over a decade ago to funding a new facility under the current financial climate now is teams can leverage personal seat licenses to help fund the projects in bigger markets, which means less reliance on public subsidies.

“What’s happened is we’ve learned through the use of PSLs you can raise a lot more money than we ever expected,” McNair said. “That can be used to help finance the stadium. It sort of supplants the public funds that would have been put up.

“It’s just economically not feasible for the owner to put up 100 percent of the money. By using the PSLs, you’re putting a program together that’s a lot more practical.”

If the Chargers, Rams or Raiders cannot get stadiums done in their home markets, those teams can file for relocation between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2016. However, there have been discussion at the owners meetings of moving that timeline up to give teams thinking of moving more time to relocate before the 2016 NFL season begins.

“I think right now the LA committee is coming up with a timeline, and that’s a work in progress right now,” Spanos said. “So we’re all kind of waiting to see what that timeline is going to look like. I’m sure it will involve obviously site selection and team selection, and probably some team presentations with what the teams are proposing.”

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