Chargers tryout four

Tuesday is the day off for NFL players but that doesn't mean the San Diego Chargers front office has closed shop. First they signed Bob Hallen and released Jason Ball. Four other players also worked out for the Chargers on Tuesday. A look at the players making the trek through Murphy Canyon shows another signing may be coming soon.

Dennis Johnson, a defensive end from Kentucky, spent two years with Arizona before joining the San Francisco 49ers this year was in for a tryout. At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Johnson was a standout in college and left school early to test his wares in the NFL. He had 12 sacks his junior year and contributed 19 tackles for a loss. That did not translate onto the NFL playing field after going in the third round to the Cardinals.

He started nine games in 2003 and recorded three sacks. He was picked up by the Niners ten days after the Cards released him. He played in one game for San Fran and did not register a tackle. Right after the game he was released.

Sean Moran, a defensive end via Colorado State, was chosen in the fourth round of the 1996 draft by Buffalo. Moran has started 13 of 121 career games, with 152 tackles, 10 sacks and two interceptions. He spent the last two years with the Niners and prior to that he was with the Rams.

Moran was re-signed by St. Louis in March and released later in the year. It is reported that he was experiencing sore ribs that had kept him sidelined at the time of his release.

Talance Sawyer, a defensive tackle from UNLV, spent his career playing for Minnesota and had 11 sacks from 2000 to 2001 after going to them in round six of the 1999 draft. Over the last two years, however, Sawyer only saw action in five games.

Sawyer was the first Rebel to earn first-team all-Western Athletic Conference defensive honors that season after leading the league with 18 tackles for loss. He was released in February of this year and has not seen the field since.

Joe Tafoya, a defensive end out of Arizona, was a seventh round pick of Tampa Bay in 2001. He ended up in Chicago and spent most of his time contributing on special teams. He was signed and waived by the Cardinals, got picked up and released from the Falcons and had a tryout last week with the Dolphins.

With Dave Ball going down for the year and the uncertain status of Adrian Dingle from week to week, it appears the Chargers are looking for a veteran who can step in and fill a backup role with the team. There is currently little depth on the line, particularly at end where Jacques Cesaire and DeQuincy Scott are rotating in and Igor Olshansky manning the other side. Jason Fisk can also rotate in.

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