COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) – The LA Chargers had a dynamic start on the initial day of the brand new league year despite passing up on Tom Brady. The Chargers upgraded their offensive line along with the acquisition of right guard Trai Turner from Carolina for tackle Russell Okung in addition to agreeing to some three-year cope with right tackle Bryan Bulaga. On defense, they will have decided to a contract with Chris Harris Jr., who was simply considered among the top cornerbacks available, in addition to adding a run stopper in defensive tackle Linval Joseph. LA have not announced the additions of Bulaga, Harris Jr. and Joseph because they’re pending passing physicals. The addition of Harris Jr. is among the more surprising taking into consideration the secondary wasn’t regarded as a spot of emphasis. He joins a unit which has fellow cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Desmond King Jr. in addition to safety Derwin James.
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Harris Jr. has spent days gone by nine seasons with AFC West rival Denver and made four Pro Bowl appearances. He built his reputation among the top slot corners within the league but played exclusively externally last season. Cornerback A.J. Bouye, who signed with Denver and had done offseason training with Harris Jr., hoped to get on a single team, however now will undoubtedly be on opposing sidelines. Bouye said throughout a Broncos conference call. Turner said throughout a conference ask Wednesday he was shocked when he first learned all about the trade a month or more ago, but he feels as though it might rejuvenate his career. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Turner will undoubtedly be entering his seventh season and it is among only four offensive linemen to help make the Pro Bowl each one of the past five seasons. Turner and Bulaga will upgrade an offensive line that struggled last season due to inexperience and injuries.
Pro Football Focus rated the Chargers line because the second-worst unit inside the league on pass blocking. Guard Michael Schofield and center/guard Dan Feeney were the only real ones to start out all 16 games while center Mike Pouncey was lost after five games due to a neck injury. Okung – who leaves LA after three seasons – played in mere six games this past year due to blood clots plus a late-season groin injury. The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Bulaga spent days gone by 10 seasons with Green Bay. He’ll turn 31 on Saturday and you will be reunited with James Campen, who was simply Bulaga´s line coach at Green Bay for nine seasons. Campen was with Cleveland last season before being hired with the Chargers. General manager Tom Telesco has said because the end of last season that upgrading the line will be a priority. Telesco said through the NFL combine. The upgrades should benefit whomever lines up under center following the Chargers made a decision to move ahead from Philip Rivers. Tyrod Taylor, who remains under contract for another season and contains 46 starts, is likely to function as starter, but LA also offers the No. 6 pick in next month’s draft and may decide on a quarterback. Joseph has decided to a two-year contract worth $17 million, nonetheless it could go up to $19 million with additional incentives. Joseph will undoubtedly be entering his 11th season. He spent days gone by six years with Minnesota, but premiered the other day in an income cap move. Joseph´s forte is run stopping and he should pair well with defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. LA was searching for a defensive tackle after releasing Brandon Mebane the other day. AP Sports Writer Patrick Graham in Denver contributed to the story.
CHICAGO: After many years of hosting a huge amount of sports programming for WGN Radio, including a short-lived low power FM show and a web show distributed to Comcast SportsNet Chicago, host David Kaplan reportedly accepted a buyout and is not any longer with WGN. Along with continuing to host “Sports Talk Live” and Chicago Cubs studio programming for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Kaplan joins WMVP ESPN 1000 radio starting in a few days to host the Noon to 2 PM i’m all over this weekdays. WMVP will face its biggest challenge in years starting next spring when it loses Chicago Bulls broadcasts following the coming NBA season and post-season, and can no more have any major local play-by-play. Rival WSCR The Score will start because the flagship station for any Cubs next spring, as the Bulls will move over (combined with the White Sox) to WLS 890 starting in March and October. WBBM NewsRadio 780 has added Kevin Jackman to its sports department over a part-time basis, where he’ll be providing weekend sports updates.
NEW YORK: Because the Yankees enter an enormous weekend series against Toronto for the very best spot inside the American League East, the Mets may also be doing quite nicely within the ratings game along with the National League East standings. The Tuesday (9/8) telecast in the Mets game vs. Washington showed the best rating for just a Mets telecast up to now this year, as did SNY’s post-game show. PHILADELPHIA: You may be in a position to credit social media marketing for helping ESPN. Because the word spread last Saturday (9/5) that Temple was coming to upsetting Penn State, the telecast rose to some 6.7 rating and 17 share through the 4th quarter of the overall game. CHARLOTTE: Not that lots of people will notice, however the market quietly lost its CBS Sports affiliate this week, as WBCN 1660 (which includes the decision letters of the main one time legendary Boston rocker) has dumped sports and returned to syndicated general talk. WFNZ 610 The Fan continues because the local sports leader, with ESPN 730 and Fox Sports 98.7 already within the scene. RALEIGH-DURHAM: WDNC The Buzz has, around this week, consolidated its local sports talk into its morning show, now referred to as “Mike Lauren, & Demetri”. Mike Maniscalco remains, but is currently teamed with writer Lauren Brownlow as well as a former local music radio host, Demetri Ravanos. However, the station added Colin Cowherd to its Noon to 3 PM weekday spot to air live, and today delays the Jim Rome Show to its 3 to 6 PM spot. You read that right. They expand the morning show, but visit a tape delayed syndicated show for afternoon drive. PORTLAND: Fans with the Trailblazers without cable or satellite are delighted, because the announcement has been made that KGW-TV will air 21 Blazers games on the air this year.