The San Diego Chargers announced a pair of acquisitions on Monday, looking to get a look at a couple positions for depth before the preseason starts.
According to Ricky Henne of the team’s official website, the Chargers signed wide receiver Rico Richardson and defensive tackle Zamir Carlis. To make room for them on the roster, the team released punter Kasey Redfern and offensive lineman Mike McQueen.
Neither release should come as a surprise, as Redfern and McQueen weren’t going to make this year’s squad. The release of Redfern makes sixth-round pick Drew Kaser the punter for the rest of the summer, heading into Week 1.
There's been little doubt in training camp Drew Kaser was Chargers' punter — been crushing ball. Officially none now. Kasey Redfern waived.
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) August 8, 2016
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Richardson has played previously with four teams in the league and this is his second team in 2016 alone. He spent about six weeks with the Arizona Cardinals before being released last week.
An undrafted wide receiver out of Jackson State, Richardson has appeared in six regular season games as a member of the Tennessee Titans, though he’s still looking for his first career reception. In addition to the Titans and Cardinals, Richardson also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans.
He almost certainly won’t make the team, but he will give quarterbacks another target to throw to in practice and preseason games.
Carlis played for Stillman College in Alabama and is familiar with the Chargers, after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp, though he wasn’t offered a contract. Apparently, team officials put down the name of the 6’3″, 275-pound defensive lineman as one to contact in the future. Monday was that day.
Carlis will come into camp facing a huge uphill battle to make the roster, with seven defensive tackles already on the roster.
Redfern spent his college days at Wofford and was hoping to catch on with the Chargers. However, the selection of Kaser sealed his fate.
McQueen was an undrafted rookie out of Ohio University. The timing of his release gives him time to catch on with another team, should he be fortunate enough to find one in need.