Chargers Free Agency

Chargers sign TE Virgil Green to three-year deal

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Virgil Green #85 of the Denver Broncos takes the field prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center on October 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Virgil Green #85 of the Denver Broncos takes the field prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center on October 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Chargers and former Broncos tight end Virgil Green have agreed to a three-year deal.

The Chargers are adding depth at tight end. According to the team’s official website, the Chargers have signed Virgil Green to a three-year deal. No other details have been released.

Green is the first outside free agent to sign with the Chargers. The 29-year-old veteran has spent his entire seven-year career with the Denver Broncos. The Chargers needed some bodies behind No. 1 tight end Hunter Henry, so this signing makes sense. Antonio Gates, Jeff Cumberland, Sean McGrath and Asante Cleveland are all free agents. Henry, Sean Culkin and now Green are the three tight ends currently on the roster.

Green’s primary duty will be to help in run blocking, an area that needed improving. He’s not a threat in the passing game, however, as he’s never surpassed 300 receiving yards in any season. In his final year at Denver, Green finished with 14 receptions for 191 yards and one touchdown. He has 71 career catches, 807 career receiving yards and four career touchdowns.

Does the signing of Green mean the end of the road for Gates? Gates is 37 years old and on the verge of retirement. However, Gates could still be brought back for one more season, and I think he will be. Despite finishing with 30 receptions for 316 yards and three touchdowns, the lowest totals since his rookie year in 2003, he still can be effective on third downs and in the red zone for Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

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