Report: Chargers, NFL Have Mutual Interest in Relocating Franchise to London

The Chargers would "listen" if the NFL broached the topic of permanently relocating them to London

Report: Chargers, NFL Have Mutual Interest in Relocating Franchise to London
Philip Rivers of the Chargers huddles with his teammates. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / November 5, 2019 10:08 am

After struggling to draw fans for years in San Diego, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles last season and made a run to the second round of the NFL playoffs.

Despite that, the Chargers have still struggled to capture interest or headlines in Los Angeles and may actually be considering another move, this one to London.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic, the Chargers would “listen” if the NFL broached the topic of permanently relocating them to London.

The Athletic has learned that NFL owners are concerned enough about the Chargers’ situation in L.A., where a crowded sports market and the presence of the more established Rams has resulted in a tepid embracement of the Chargers, that they would provide the necessary support for a relocation to London if the Chargers pursue it,” Bonsignore writes.

The move likely won’t happen next season when the Chargers are set to move into a new $4.5 billion stadium they will share with the Rams.

A change of scenery could be good for the Chargers as they started the season at 2-5, as they seem to do nearly ever year. Since then, Los Angeles has won two straight and brought their record to 4-5.

Talking after LA’s upset win over the Packers, quarterback Philip Rivers lamented the team’s slow start.

“For whatever reason we just play a little better when it’s, ‘Oh, it’s Chargers. They’re not going to do anything,’” Rivers said, via Albert Breer of SI.com. “I wish we didn’t do that. I wish we played better when ‘the Chargers are the favorite.’ Like, golly, you look back and if we just got Tennessee or we just got Detroit or Houston, just one of them, then you go, ‘Man, we’re sitting in good position.’ We still have a ways to go and a lot is gonna happen in these next two. We’ll see where we are with only five to play after these next two.”

The Chargers are in Oakland this week for Thursday Night Football and will take on the Chiefs in Mexico City in Week 11.

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