Chargers sign Igor Olshansky

The San Diego Chargers signed second round pick Igor Olshansky to a six year deal. The lateness of the deal stems from the team sticking to its guns in terms of length of contract with the Leigh Steinberg group. Olshansky was picked with the 35th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Olshansky will practice today in Carson.

Igor Olshansky rocketed up draft boards with his brute strength and tireless attitude. Admittedly raw, Olshansky was projected as a sure fired first rounder had he stayed at Oregon for his senior season. The 6-5, 309 pound Olshansky has played football for just six seasons.

He finished his career at Oregon with 146 tackles (89 solos), 11? sacks for minus-78 yards, 27 stops for losses of 113 yards, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, a 37-yard interception return and three blocked kicks while appearing in 38 games.

One thing that he will bring with him is the chant of "Igor! Igor!" from fans. It was his calling in Oregon and during mini-camp was a constant from Chargers fans.

Olshansky revels in stopping the run. The "Pain from Ukraine" said, "defense wins Championships." And the Chargers are hoping he can shore up the line.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

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