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Chargers need to start making some moves


As the Rams reshape their defense in an effort to get to the proverbial next level, the Chargers run the risk of getting left in the Southern California dust.

With both teams sharing the nation’s second-biggest market (and, soon, the NFL’s newest stadium), the Rams and Chargers currently are in a competition for hearts, minds, and wallets in L.A. The Rams are winning.

Here’s a good start, suggested in Thursday’s PFT Live: Sign cornerback Richard Sherman, reuniting him with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and bringing Sherman home to L..A. The good news is that, with the Rams trading for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, the Chargers wouldn’t have to compete with their cross-town team to get Sherman.

The better news is that Sherman would bring sizzle to a Chargers team that needs to be treating each game of each season as a chance to build the fan base.

I didn’t think it was going to be this dramatic, Avril said. You’ve seen it with the coaching staff a little bit. But I didn’t expect this many guys to even be considered to be leaving. Some of these guys have been playing at a high level for a long time. And to kind of see this playing out the way it’s playing out right now is, again, interesting. We’ll see how it plays out, though.

Avril’s own future with both Seattle and as an active player remains up in the air due to the neck injury that sent him to injured reserve last year. Avril said he’s meeting with his surgeon in the next few days to see where things stand and reiterated his hope to continue playing.

If he is cleared, Avril could wind up on the discard pile as this week has made it clear that it won’t be the same old Seahawks in 2018.

These two quarterback prospects are diametric opposites. Mayfield is undersize yet extremely efficient and won the 2017 Heisman Trophy, whereas Allen is a ball of unmolded clay with every physical tool an NFL team wants. Mayfield is the better choice and scheme fit.

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