Safety Lassiter Heads to San Diego

Kwamie Lassiter an unrestricted free agent, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, will join the San Diego Chargers in a deal spanning three years. The Bolts spent four draft picks on secondary help in the offseason and now have landed a nine year veteran to aid a pass defense ranked 32nd in the league last year.

Two of the draft picks play safety, Terrence Kiel and Hanik Milligan, while two other have moved to safety spots, Ryan McNeil who moved to free safety and Rogers Beckett who moved to strong safety.

An undrafted free agent out of Kansas, Kwamie Lassiter started 71 of 115 games in his eight-year career with the Cardinals. He recorded a total of 24 interceptions, four sacks, five forced fumbles and one touchdown.

His best season was in 2001 when he recorded 9 interceptions. In 2002 he intercepted just two passes while registering 63 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Despite a stellar career Lassiter was not getting many nibbles on the open market. In recent days he has been working on the deal that will see him go to San Diego. Another team was reportedly in the hunt for his services. Now pending a physical, Lassiter will join San Diego sometime this week, just in time for the team's mini-camp starting this Thursday.

Lassiter will join a suddenly crowded secondary and could push for the starting spot at free safety his natural position. He will battle Ryan McNeil, the converted cornerback, for playing time.

With the need for speed in the secondary and Lassiter having lost a step, it should be interesting to see how this new camp battle develops. One thing is certain, the Chargers were not ready to go into the season with such a young and inexperienced crew.

Although contract details have yet to be formally released it appears the first year of the deal will be for the veteran minimum.

A call to his agent, James Solano, has not been returned.


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