Chargers, Dwight Freeney Agree

The Chargers replaced Melvin Ingram (torn ACL) with the best pass rusher on the market and one of the most accomplished sack artists of all time, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with Dwight Freeney. The spin-move sensei has averaged better than 10.5 sacks per 16 games played over the course of his 11-year career.

It took Tom Telesco less than a week to plug a gaping hole in his defense caused by Melvin Ingram's injury, suffered on the second day of OTAs.

Telesco reached back into his comfort zone in reeling in Dwight Freeney; the two spent more than a decade together with the Indianapolis Colts.

Freeney is an elite pass rusher with a vast array of moves, including a deadly spin maneuver. The question is how much he has left at age 33. But given San Diego's desperation in the wake of Ingram's injury, it was a risk the Chargers had to take.

The Chargers will tweak their 3-4 defense and design a package of plays built around Freeney's unique skill-set. He is not well suited to be a traditional 3-4 outside linebacker, as he showed last season during his first deployment in that alignment (12 tackles, five sacks).

Freeney will play mostly in passing situations while 2009 first-rounder Larry English handles the bulk of the dirty work (health willing) on first and second downs.

Veteran anchor and run-stopping stalwart Jarret Johnson will start on the opposite side. Former Carolina Panthers DE Thomas Keiser -- signed earlier this week -- and sixth-round pick Tourek Williams will also fight for time in the rotation.

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