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Chargers staying in San Diego - at least for 2016

The Chargers announced on Friday that they will be staying in San Diego for the 2016 season.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers on Friday announced that they will be staying in San Diego for the 2016 season amidst talk of a move to Los Angeles.

The Rams have already made the move to L.A. and the Chargers have the option to join them, though they have an agreement in place with the Rams to share facilities if they do move.  That surely gave the franchise the leverage they were looking for, as they now will play at least one more season in San Diego while they continue to have negotiations with the city to perhaps keep the franchise there long-term.  Owner Dean Spanos now can approach the discussions with the city of San Diego with leverage and with a nice backup plan in place to play in Inglewood if things don't work out in San Diego.  It puts all of the pressure on the city, but they will have some time to figure it out since the Chargers won't be moving there in 2016.

It doesn't make a huge different for the Colts right away, as though they will play the Chargers next season, the game will be in Indianapolis.  So they wouldn't have had to travel to either San Diego or L.A., but it will at least be the San Diego Chargers that they are playing.  Long-term, however, it could be interesting to see how things play out with the Chargers and whether they will move, as that could have implications for the rest of the NFL.