Chargers sign Shaun Phillips

The San Diego Chargers have signed Shaun Phillips, a 2004 fourth round pick out of Purdue, to a three year contract, pending league approval. Phillips will make the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in the 4-3 defense.

Shaun Phillips is expected to make big contributions for the San Diego Chargers as a rookie. Phillips will lineup at right outside linebacker as a speed rusher. His job will be to penetrate the line and wreak havoc in the backfield, particularly on passing downs.

Phillips finished his career with 49 consecutive starts, recording 231 tackles (157 solos) with 33½ sacks for minus-175 yards, 60&3189; stops for losses of 238 yards, nine forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, 23 pass deflections and an interception. His 33½ sacks broke the old school career record of 33 by Roosevelt Colvin (1995-98) and his 60½ tackles for losses rank third in Boilermaker annals behind Colvin (61) and Jeff Zgonina (72, 1989-92).

The deal is reportedly worth $1.268 million over three years with a signing bonus of $348K for the 98th overall pick. Phillips was in San Diego on Wednesday and it is expected to become official in the next day or two when he officially signs it and it is approved by the league offices.

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