Chargers Extend Williams Through 2010

DT Jamal Williams, the anchor of the unit's stingy run defense, signed an extension which keeps him in a Chargers uniform through the 2010 season.

Williams, 29, was eager to agree to a deal which was worth an estimated $27.5 million, which included some $11.5 million in bonuses. "A.J. has done a good job of taking care of our existing players," coach Marty Schottenheimer said of general manager A.J. Smith's offseason moves.

"Jamal is one of the most respected men in the clubhouse and I know this signing is going to please a lot of his teammates. He is one of our quiet leaders."

Williams' 2004 numbers were hardly gaudy: 32 tackles and four sacks. But it's the work he does which doesn't necessarily show up on the stat sheet which makes him such a force.

With the 6-3, 348-pound Williams at nose tackle, it often takes two blockers to keep him out of running lanes. What that does is give the linebackers behind him more room to roam, and zero in and make tackles.

"This extension means a lot to me because a lot of guys in this league dream of a chance to play their entire career with one team. I'm just really excited that I'll have a chance to finish my career here."

Other Chargers benefiting from Smith's strategy this offseason have been: safety Jerry Wilson, wide receiver Keenan McCardell and linebacker Steve Foley.

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