Roster Moves

The Chargers added depth to their defensive line and experience to their secondary on Tuesday when they claimed defensive end Otis Leverette off waivers from Washington and signed former Saints and Dolphins cornerback Jerry Wilson.

Leverette, 6-6, 278, is in his 2nd NFL season. He played in one just one game with the Redskins prior to being waived on Monday, Nov. 18.

Leverette played in four games with the Redskins as a rookie last year after originally entering the NFL as Miami's sixth-round pick (187th overall) from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Wilson, 5-10, 190, is in his 8th NFL season. He went to training camp this year with New Orleans but was released prior to the start of the regular season. He was re-signed by New Orleans on Sept. 11 and spent nine weeks with the Saints before being released on Nov. 12. He saw action in seven games and had three tackles on defense and seven stops and one fumble recovery on special teams with the Saints prior to being released.

Wilson's career totals include two starts in 73 regular season games, 102 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, 19 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also has 54 career tackles on special teams.

Wilson originally joined the Buccaneers as a fourth round pick (105th overall) out of Southern University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was a four-year starter. He finished his collegiate career with 205 tackles, 14 interceptions and 47 passes defensed and was named a first team Sheridan Black College All America and first team All-SWAC choice as a senior in 1994 when he recorded 58 tackles and a career-high six interceptions.

The Chargers released defensive end Chris Demaree and wide receiver Dondre Gilliam to make room on the active roster for Leverette and Wilson. Demaree, a rookie free agent out of Kentucky, was inactive for eight games while seeing action in two others for the Chargers this season. Gilliam saw his first NFL game action against San Francisco last Sunday after being signed off the practice squad on Nov. 14. Gilliam spent the first 10 weeks of this season on San Diego's practice squad.

The Chargers also released tight end Josh Whitman off the practice squad on Tuesday.

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