The Chargers have a contract with the City of San Diego that runs through the 2020 season.
They have a four-month window that begins Feb. 1 and ends May 1 to opt out of the team’s lease at Qualcomm Stadium. If they end the lease early, they will pay the City $12 million for the buyout, freeing the Chargers to play in Los Angeles next season.
That doesn't pay off the remaining bond debt that financed a stadium expansion.
On notice of termination, the team will also have to vacate the Murphy Canyon Practice facility.
The Chargers plan to conduct offseason training and minicamp at Chargers Park.
A spokesperson for the City told NBC 7 Thursday, the team would have to vacate by July 31, 2017.