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Mayor tells Goodell, 3 owners that Chargers have bright future in San Diego

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of the game on September 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of the game on September 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO -- In a continuing effort to keep the Chargers from leaving for the Los Angeles area, Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three influential owners that San Diego "is absolutely an NFL city."

Faulconer met with Goodell and separately with John Mara of the New York Giants, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers. They are members of the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities.

The Chargers walked away from negotiations for a new stadium in mid-June.

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Faulconer was joined by lead negotiator Chris Melvin and the architectural firm Populous.

In a statement Saturday, Faulconer says he told the NFL officials: "If the Chargers remain here and work together with us, they will have a bright future in San Diego."