Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

The San Diego Chargers would like to see wide receiver Vincent Jackson in their locker room again next season, but franchising the two-time Pro Bowler would cost the team almost $13.7 million to do so. If the team doesn’t franchise him by March 13, Jackson will become a free agent.

Support can be found for that argument in Philip Rivers’ uncharacteristic midseason struggles and several close games. However, no one denies that the defense needs new key players who can make a difference.

The New York investment banking firm hired by Mayor Jerry Sanders to develop a financing plan for a new Chargers stadium has been working without a contract for at least four months.

The Chargers are headed to Indianapolis en masse. Almost everyone on the football side of the organization will attend the NFL’s scouting combine, from coaches to scouts to executives.

Philip Rivers didn’t play his best in 2011, but earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection. In the midst of his physical prime, Rivers threw for 17,597 yards and 119 touchdowns the last four seasons, completing 64.8 percent of his passes.