Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chargers resign 2 Veterans, Bring in Spikes

It has been a busy day for the Chargers, as they resigned veteran right tackle Jeromey Clary to a 4 year, $20 million deal. Clary started all 16 games for the Bolts last year. He is a solid, but not spectacular tackle, and should help the Chargers power their high-octane offense. He will earn $8.5 million in 2011.

The Chargers also resigned veteran tight end Randy McMichael to a one year deal; he will earn the veteran minimum of $910,000. He started 11 games for the Chargers last year, catching 20 passes for 221 yards, and 2 touchdowns.

The Bolts also brought veteran inside linebacker Takeo Spikes. Terms were not immediately available. Spikes is a 13 year veteran, playing last year with the Niners. He is a two-time Pro Bowler, having made the squad in 2003 and 2004.

In addition to these veterans, the Chargers added 19 undrafted rookie free agents, including former Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien. The full list will be posted at the end of this post.

Kevin Says: Clary will never be an All-Pro, but he is a solid pass blocker, as he allowed only 4 sacks in 2010. The Chargers now have all 8 offensive linemen from last year under contract. It should be a big step towards developing continuity on the line.

McMichael did a nice job when Antonio Gates was hurt last year. Hopefully he will play much this year than he did in 2010. Spikes is a good veteran, and should start next to Kevin Burnett, assuming that he is resigned. The Chargers also have 2010 3rd rounder Donald Butler, and 2011 2nd rounder Jonas Mouton in the fold.

2011 Undrafted Free Agent signings by the Chargers.

Name Position School
Colin Baxter C Arizona
Bront Bird LB Texas Tech
Mike Blanc DE Auburn
Ramon Broadway CB Arkansas
Adrian Cannon WR Maryland
Patrick Dimarco FB South Carolina
Darryl Gamble LB Georgia
Kelly Griffin DT TCU
Cody Habben OT Washington
Stephen Harrison CB Kansas State
Vidal Hazelton WR Cincinnati
Cameron Kenney WR Oklahoma
Isaac Odim      RB Minnesota-Duluth
Travon Patterson WR Colorado
Damik Scafe DE Boston College
Giovanni Stanley WR Whittier
Brad Taylor TE Baylor
Bo Thran OT Oregon
Scott Tolzien QB Wisconsin*list taken from chargers.com  

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