San Diego's mayor claimed building a new stadium to keep the Chargers in his city remains a priority, although the NFL team seem unconvinced.
San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer insists he is working on a new stadium for the Chargers but conceded on Wednesday that there is a significant risk the NFL franchise could move to Los Angeles.
During his State of the City address, Faulconer reaffirmed San Diego's commitment to building the Chargers a new home to replace Qualcomm Stadium, although he made it clear his first priority is keeping costs down for his constituents.
Faulconer added that it may be too late to keep the Chargers in San Diego, claiming they have never been more likely to return to LA.
The Chargers - who began their existence in the now-defunct American Football League - were founded in LA in 1960 before moving to San Diego a year after to use Qualcomm Stadium.
"At no point in San Diego's history has the possibility of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles been more real," Faulconer said.
"My goal is that when the season ends, we won't be talking about whether the Chargers are moving. We'll be talking about the proposal to keep them here - where they belong."
The Chargers and the NFL have been requesting a new stadium be built for over a decade with Qualcomm Stadium considered inadequate to host Super Bowls.
The obvious hurdle to any deal being completed is establishing a financing plan that works for both ownership and the city, and judging by Faulconer's comments, that remains an issue.
"[We] will explore all possibilities to finance this project with my clear direction that it must present a good and fair deal for San Diego's taxpayers," Faulconer said.
"I will not accept or support anything less."
San Diego refused to comment on Faulconer's speech.
"After 13, now going on 14, years of work by the Chargers, the speech contained no specifics, and so there is nothing for us to comment on," said Mark Fabiani - special counsel to the Chargers.