<
>

Are Chargers leaning toward Mission Valley site?

Good morning.

Liam Dillon of the Voice of San Diego examines the downtown stadium proposal and convention center expansion that San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer reportedly is not interested in. As part of his reporting, Dillon offers an interesting revelation from Chargers stadium advisor Fred Maas -- he reportedly likes the Mission Valley site better.

"Our read of this is they’re going to do Mission Valley," JMI developer Steve Peace told Dillon.

The Chargers did not confirm Peace’s statement.

Chargers chairman Dean Spanos recently indicated that he would look closely at both sites. However, in an interview with Steve Hartman and Mike Costa of Xtra 1360 Fox Sports Radio, Jim Steeg said that one of the reasons he decided the Mission Valley site was the best option while working for Faulconer’s task force is that Maas told the committee members it was the best site for a new stadium.

My take: No decision has been announced on a site for a new stadium, but the hiring of Maas by the Chargers seems to indicate they are willing to at least consider Faulconer’s proposal to build a new stadium at the Mission Valley site.

In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. takes a look at the top pass-rushers in the draft. Kiper identified 11 who could go in the first round, including Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, Clemson’s Shaq Lawson and Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky.

My take: We’ll get a chance to watch how all of these players perform in a couple weeks at the NFL scouting combine. The invite list was released on Thursday. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds was among the notable players not invited to the combine.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune debates whether offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil or defensive lineman Joey Bosa would be a good fit for the Chargers.

My take: The Chargers would be pleased to have either player available when San Diego is up at No. 3.

Thomas Maney of Pro Football Focus ranks Antonio Gates as the top free agent tight end available in March.

My take: It will be interesting to see if the Chargers get Gates signed before free agency begins, or if Gates waits to let the market establish his value.