September 20, 2010; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (92) blocks a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Free agent running back Jackie Battle signed with the San Diego Chargers on Friday, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Acee points out that Battle and the Chargers have been showing interest in one another for some time now.
Battle, 28, played his first five NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and is coming off his best year after rushing for 597 yards and two touchdowns on 149 attempts, all career highs.
The 6-foot-1, 317-pound Franklin started nine games for the Saints last season and recorded 17 tackles. He has 204 career tackles.
The 320-pound Dielman was staggered by the injury early in the fourth quarter of the Oct. 23 game. But he continued to play because the Chargers were out of offensive linemen due to other injuries. The team didn’t diagnose his condition until after the game.
Where does he fit? Castillo thrived (when healthy) in the Chargers 3-4 defense as an end, but seems to have many of the skills needed to perform in a 4-3 as well. The Patriots have a solid rotation of defensive ends already on their roster, but Castillo could be an intriguing option to play defensive tackle, particularly in sub-defense situations. At a shade under 300 pounds, Castillo has the size to hold up inside.
A busy Friday got even busier for the Chargers with the announcement that they have signed running back Jackie Battle.