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Chargers sign new center Slauson

The ex-Bear will join Philip Rivers in San Diego.

The Chargers announced Monday that they signed center-guard Matt Slauson to the team, bringing more veteran presence and versatility to the offensive line.

At 6-5, 315-pounds, Slauson comes to San Diego after having spent the last three seasons in Chicago and the four before that with the New York Jets. He started all 16 games in five of his last six seasons, bringing consistency and dependability to the position -- something the Chargers sorely need.

Slauson will join center Max Tuerk as new additions to the offensive line. Tuerk was drafted out of USC in the third round of this year's draft, and is recovering after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in October.

Along with Slauson, right tackle Joe Barksdale, right guard D.J. Fluker, left guard Orlando Franklin and left tackle King Dunlap complete the projected starting offensive line.

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