By Eric Schmidt

The San Diego Chargers will remain in San Diego for the 2012 NFL season. The Chargers organization is actively pursuing a new stadium and could have exercised an opt out of their current lease but they will remain in Qualcomm Stadium for at least one more season. San Diego has a lease through the 2020 season at the facility but the franchise can activate an early opt out clause in the lease by paying an early termination fee.

The Chargers organization along with the San Diego mayor’s office issued a joint statement regarding the team’s decision. “The City of San Diego and the Chargers continue to work closely together to explore publicly acceptable ways to build a Super Bowl-quality stadium on the bus maintenance yard site in the East Village of downtown San Diego. Both the Mayor’s Office and the Chargers look forward to continuing their joint efforts to build a multi-use stadium that will benefit the entire region”.

The Chargers organization irritated the fan base this off season by retaining head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith. If Norv Turner misses the playoffs in the 2012 season, fans might not care if the Chargers stay in San Diego or not and could actually help the franchise pack their boxes.

 

 

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