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Report: Chargers could be the only Los Angeles-bound team

Jan 11, 2013; Santa Monica, CA, USA; General view of the Santa Monica state beach and Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue before the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Jan 11, 2013; Santa Monica, CA, USA; General view of the Santa Monica state beach and Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue before the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers could be the only team packing its bags for Los Angeles next year.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL could tab the Chargers -- and only the Chargers -- as L.A.'s next professional franchise.

Such a decision would nix the current Chargers-Raiders stadium partnership in Carson, Calif. It would also surely anger St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who has his own designs a little further north in Inglewood, Calif.

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But neither team has an established fanbase in Southern California like the Chargers do. San Diegans need only drive two hours up the I-5 to root on their former hometown team.

Florio claims that's an advantage owners can't overlook -- and it's pushing the Chargers to the front of the line for relocation.

(h/t ProFootballTalk)