Chargers sign defensive lineman Maa Tanuvasa

The San Diego Chargers have signed a one-year deal with former Denver Bronco defensive lineman Maa Tanuvasa, it was announced Tuesday.

The Chargers signed veteran defensive lineman Maa Tanuvasa to a one-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday.

Maa Tanuvasa spent the previous six seasons with Denver. He started 54 of 80 regular-season games for the Broncos, collecting 173 tackles, 33 sacks, one pass defense, one forced fumble and seven fumble recoveries.

Tanuvasa also started eight of nine postseason games for the Broncos, including both of their Super Bowl wins following the 1997 and '98 seasons, garnering 18 tackles and two sacks.

Tanuvasa, who will wear jersey #94 with the Chargers, started every game for the Broncos over the last three seasons (1998-2000). In that period, he had 19.5 sacks and 128 tackles.

Maa Junior Tanuvasa, 6-2, 270, was born on November 6, 1970 in American Samoa. He finished his three-year career at the University of Hawaii with 190 tackles and 10 sacks. As a senior, he had 84 tackles and 10 sacks.

In high school, Tanuvasa was an Oahu Interscholastic Association selection in both football and track at Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii.

Tanuvasa's first name, Maa, means "rock" in Samoan.

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