Chargers Sign Christie

The San Diego Chargers have added another former Buffalo Bill to their roster, place kicker Steve Christie.

The Chargers added one of the NFL's most dependable kickers over the past decade when they signed Steve Christie on Wednesday.

Christie will handle the Chargers' short and medium range field goals, while incumbent kicker Wade Richey will handle long field goals, as well as the team's kickoff responsibilities.

Christie is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons. He spent the past nine years (1992-2000) in Buffalo where he is the Bills' all-time leading scorer with 1,011 points.

During his tenure in Buffalo , he was teammates with several current Chargers, including quarterback Doug Flutie, defensive end Marcellus Wiley and linebackers Sam Rogers and John Holecek, who was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday with a knee injury to make room for Christie on San Diego 's active roster.

Including his first two NFL seasons (1990-91) in Tampa Bay , Christie has scored 1,174 career points while playing in 176 games. Prior to the 2001 season, Christie played in every regular-season game beginning in 1990 through the 2000 NFL season. He also played in 12 postseason games with the Bills, scoring 97 points while making 22 of 25 field goals and 31 of 33 PATs.

Christie, who turned 34 on Nov. 13 of this year, has made 272 of 346 field goal attempts for a .786 career field goal percentage. His has also made 358 of 362 career PATs (.989), and entering the 2001 NFL season, Christie has connected on a Bills franchise record 172 consecutive PATs dating back to Nov. 26, 1995 .

Christie has been especially reliable in the playoffs, where he has kicked seven overtime field goals. In NFL history, only Jim Breech has kicked more with nine.

To make room for Christie on the active roster, the Chargers placed linebacker John Holecek on the "Reserve-Injured" list with a knee injury suffered against Arizona last Sunday.


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