Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Citing sources at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, the Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee reported Tuesday that Dielman will reveal his intentions “soon” and is “leaning toward” retirement. Neither the Chargers nor Dielman confirmed the story.

Dielman, a four-time All-Pro, was an anchor of the Chargers’ line who finished the 2011 season on injured reserve because of a concussion. Dielman, 31, suffered a concussion against the New York Jets in October and later suffered a seizure on the flight back to San Diego.

INDIANAPOLIS — There has been a lot of speculation that the San Diego Chargers could potentially be in play for Indianapolis Colts’ pass-rusher Robert Mathis in free agency.

It seems the Chargers are close to losing a pair of long-time starters. ESPN has reported that the team will release defensive end Luis Castillo before his $1 million roster bonus comes due in March.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that the San Diego Padres’ TV deal with Cox Communications is over and that they’ve been working with Fox to launch a local sports channel called “Fox Sports San Diego”. This would be the 19th regional sports network for Fox, but the first to cater to San Diego. Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket have existed in some form on certain channel tiers in this county for ages, but both of those were more Los Angeles-based in terms of coverage than San Diego-based.

It’s been tough to gauge just which direction the Chargers will be looking in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, but the picture may be gaining some clarity. Fans have been clamoring for a top notch pass rusher since the choice of Larry English in 2009 that has yet to pan out for the Bolts. Finally it seems that management agrees with the consensus of the fan base and will look to address the team’s woeful lack of quarterback pressure on the defensive side of the football.