Chargers add Gaither, Johnson and McClain in free agency

By Kenny Gardner

The San Diego Chargers reached an agreement for a three year deal with former two time Pro Bowler Le’Ron McClain.  McClain will give San Diego a proven veteran who made the Pro Bowl in 2008 as a fullback rushing for 10 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl in 2009 as a running back.  McClain’s last two seasons have totaled 136 rushing yards on 43 attempts and one touchdown.  McClain will more than likely be brought in to compete for the backup position to Ryan Mathews.  A change of scenery could be enough to rejuvenate McClain.

Jared Gaither agreed to a four year deal with the Chargers yesterday.  Gaither started five games at tackle for San Diego in 2011 as the offensive line did a great job protecting Philip Rivers.  Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson also agreed to a four year deal with the Chargers.  Johnson started all 16 games for Baltimore every year from 2007-2011 and in the process compiled 206 tackles and 17 sacks.  The Lightning Bolts brought in former Kansas City Chief Demorrio Williams with a one year deal.  Williams recorded 95 tackles and six pass deflections in 13 starts at inside linebacker in 2009.  Since then, Williams has 16 tackles one sack and one pass deflection in 28 games.

San Diego Chargers fans are still waiting on that major splash in free agency.  The organization has done their job by adding  starters in Johnson and Gaither.  San Diego’s main priority in free agency should be pursuing Mario Williams or Mike Wallace.


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