Steve Christie will sign a one-year contract for a base salary of $755,000 and a signing bonus of $25,000.
Because of a rule that provides a cap break for teams that sign longtime veterans to minimum salary contracts, Christie will count just $475,000 against the San Diego spending limit in 2003.
The Chargers worked out kickers Mike Hollis, Todd Peterson and Michael Husted about a week and a half ago. Hollis has since signed with the NY Giants.
Each of the three had their moments but none impressed enough to garner serious interest. Hollis was in contention until salary talk started and he became out of the Chargers price range.
The 35-year-old Christie originally signed with the Chargers late in the '01 season after being released by the Buffalo Bills.
Last year, Christie converted 18 of 26 field goal attempts and all but one of his 36 extra point tries for 89 points.
The move is a bit curious since the Chargers kicking game was littered with makeable field goals not even being tried. There will surely be another kicker brought in via the Draft or free agency later this year.
One option being "kicked" around is the possibility of Drafting Seth Marler, a kicker out of Tulane. He has great leg strength and can make kicks past 50 yards with some regularity. He also handled punting duties for Tulane last season.
Aden Asparuhov out of Fresno State is also an option. He was deadly accurate outside of 40 yards but does not have the lengthy resume Marler does.
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