Chargers Sign Dyson

The San Diego Chargers signed wide receiver Kevin Dyson to a one-year deal on Friday. Dyson tore his ACL in training camp and spent the majority of the season on the physically unable to perform list. He played in one game for the Panthers during the regular season.

The 6-1, 208-pound Dyson spent the 2003 season with the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. He had signed with the Panthers on March 21, however he tore his left Achilles tendon during mini-camp on June 4th and spent the majority of the season on the PUP list. He played in one game during the regular season, catching two passes for 15 yards. He was active for all four of Carolina's postseason games, including Super Bowl XXXVIII, but didn't catch any passes.

"After I saw what happened with David Boston, it was a no-brainer for me," Dyson told the AP. "It's a great opportunity for me. It's a young receiving corps. I had been used to being the young guy, but now I'm an established veteran. I'm coming to a situation where I have a chance to lead a bunch of young guys."

"Kevin Dyson is an intriguing player for us who we feel still has a lot to contribute," said Chargers General Manager AJ Smith. "He could give us some depth at wide receiver. Kevin's played in two Super Bowls and his experience should really be valuable to some of our young players."

Dyson, 28, spent his first five NFL seasons (1998-02) with the Tennessee Titans. He caught 176 passes for 2,310 yards and scored 18 touchdowns with the Titans. Dyson had his most productive season in 2001 when he racked up career-highs with 825 yards and seven touchdowns, while equaling his career best with 54 catches. Even more impressive was the fact that he put up those numbers following a 2000 season which was cut short after two games due to a serious left knee injury.

Dyson was originally a first round draft choice of the Titans. He was the 16th player chosen overall. Prior to entering the NFL ranks, Dyson was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference choice at the University of Utah where he finished his career as the school's all-time leader with 192 catches.


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