SAN DIEGO —- The Chargers entered the offseason in desperate need of a strong safety. With Steve Gregory gone via free agency and the Bob Sanders experiment deemed a failure just weeks into the 2011 season, the team was starting from scratch at a position that has been a black hole in recent seasons.
It came during organized team activities, as English participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 26 with another injury to a right foot that has plagued him terribly.
Some believed that the Chargers were targeting Mark Barron in round one of the 2012 draft, hopeful that he could become what they team has been missing since Harrison went to New England. But with Barron long gone before the Chargers picked, they could end up relying on one of the many free agents that team signed during the offseason.
The team signed the former USD tight end to a three-year contract Tuesday, making him the only rookie from a local university on the 90-man roster. He was listed as a hybrid fullback in the Chargers’ official announcement.