Lassiter Signs On

Kwamie Lassiter officially became a San Diego Charger on Monday after signing a three year deal. The veteran free safety entering his 9th year in the league will strengthen a secondary that has been totally revamped since last season.

Kwamie Lassiter, 6-0, 207, had spent all eight of his NFL seasons in Arizona. He started 16 games in each of the past four seasons (1999-2002), a span of 64 consecutive starts. Lassiter is known for his durability and has played in 110 straight games dating back to 1996.

"Anytime you can add a tough, hard-nosed, experienced and productive player to your football team, it can only be a positive," said Chargers executive vice president and general manager A.J. Smith. "We feel like we've signed an outstanding player in Kwamie Lassiter."

Now instead of tying records against San Diego, Lassiter will look to tie or break them with the Bolts. Back in 1998, Lassiter intercepted four Charger passes.

The question today is who will start in the Bolts secondary and who is the excess that will go.

Despite winning the heart of Marty Schottenheimer it is hard to see Vernon Fox staying with the team. Fox is a better run defender then pass defender and if last year's defense told us anything, it is that the team cannot support many run defenders in the secondary.

Although many have suggested early on that Lassiter will push McNeil at free safety and possibly push McNeil back to corner, look for Ryan McNeil to continue his new role at free safety and Lassiter to push Rogers Beckett at strong safety.

The move ensures a learning curve for recently drafted Terrence Kiel who will not have a year or more to develop although next years group of cuts could prove to be as interesting as this season.

The team was essentially scared of going into the season with so many inexperienced starters in the secondary and Lassiter will give them the experience they need to improve on their 32nd ranked defense.

Financial terms of the deal were not available at the time of this printing.

A press conference will occur at 2 PM tomorrow at Chargers Park to announce the arrivals of Lassiter and Solomon Page who was signed last week.

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