There is no real offseason for the NFL, as evidenced by the latest batch of rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Chargers ongoing lawsuit. According to Daniel Popper of The Athletic, the lawsuit regarding the potential sale of the team will be moved from the LA Superior Court to San Joaquin County. In other news, Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson doesn’t appear to be in a rush to sign an extension with his current team.
NFL Rumors: Chargers Lawsuit, Allen Robinson
Even though they play in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County will not decide the fate of the Chargers. Dea Spanos reportedly filed a petition to move the lawsuit to the San Joaquin County, and said request was granted by a judge. Seeing as Spanos was the one requesting this move, it stands to reason that this will probably favor Chargers ownership.
Given the full disclaimer that I do not have a law degree, most believe that the next step will be sending this lawsuit to arbitration. According to those with better knowledge than I, the paperwork does suggest that arbitration could be the way to go. Of course, this can’t happen without one side making said request, which will probably be the next step in the saga.
This entire saga started when Dea Spanos, sister of Los Angeles Chargers chairman Dean Spanos, sued the organization with hopes of forcing a sale. According to Spanos, team ownership simply could not afford to handle the $353 million in debts and expenses with “virtually no income and no liquidity”. Between the four Spanos siblings, the family has nearly 100% ownership of the organization.
Allen Robinson: “We’ll See” On New Contract
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is currently hoping for a long-term deal, but the player and team are running out of time to reach an agreement. Robinson is currently on the franchise tag and, thanks to the current CBA, players on the tag only have until July 15th to reach a long-term agreement. If no deal is struck by then, Robinson will play the season on a fully-guaranteed one-year, $18 million contract.
While Robinson said that he won’t hold out for a new deal, he doesn’t sound overly optimistic about his odds of landing a new contract. Saying that “we’ll see”, the wide receiver said that his goal this year is “making plays [and] trying to help this team get back into the playoffs.”
For the first time in his NFL career, Allen Robinson is set to catch passes from an actual competent NFL quarterback. After spending his first four years with Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Robinson signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent in 2018. After three years of the Mitchell Trubisky experience, Robinson now has the chance to catch passes from Andy Dalton and an exciting rookie in Justin Fields.
Despite the subpar quarterback play, Robinson has managed to be one of the most reliable receivers in the league. Over the past two years, the receiver has recorded 200 receptions for 2,397 yards and 13 touchdowns while appearing in every game. Chances are, those numbers will improve with an even better quarterback throwing the ball.
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