The San Diego Chargers further addressed the offensive line on Saturday when, according to Adam Kaplan of NFL.com, the team agreed to terms with free-agent Matt Slauson.
Though Slauson has played multiple positions along the offensive line throughout his career, Kaplan reports that he will play center for the Chargers. After the team drafted Max Tuerk in the third round last week, this spells trouble for last year’s starting center, Chris Watt.
Matt Slauson has signed with the Chargers, with reports saying he will play center. Bears have to hope they don't regret letting him leave.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) May 7, 2016
A sixth-round pick out of Nebraska in 2009, Slauson has played for both the New York Jets and Chicago Bears. Recently released by the Bears, Slauson has 85 career starts under his belt. He’ll join an offensive line that allowed Philip Rivers to be constantly harassed last season. Rivers is likely quite happy about today’s news.
The Buffalo Bills were also rumored to be in the mix to sign Slauson, where he would have been reunited with his former head coach Rex Ryan.
The offensive line is a unit that general manager Tom Telesco has put extra effort into this offseason. King Dunlap, Joe Barksdale and Chris Hairston were all signed to new deals before the team drafted Tuerk and Donavon Clark. The team also brought in five offensive linemen as undrafted free agents, including tackle Tyler Johnstone out of Oregon.
This is expected to be a much better unit this coming season, and the addition of Slauson only strengthens the group.