Chargers Roundup: Familiar Faces Coming Back

SDBoltReport.com rounds up all of today's latest Chargers news. Norv Turner has added another name to his coaching staff, with one more addition expected imminently. Also, A.J. Smith has re-signed eight players to the roster, at least four of whom have a chance to contribute next season.

Coaching Staff Nears Completion

The Chargers have added assistant offensive line coach Mike Sullivan, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, to their coaching staff. Sullivan will work alongside Hal Hunter, who was San Diego's assistant offensive line coach last season.

According to this report by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, Sullivan will be joined in San Diego by Rob Chudzinski. The man fondly referred to as "Chud" was San Diego's tight ends coach in 2005 and 2006 before spending the last two years as Cleveland's offensive coordinator. Chud will return as San Diego's tight ends coach, with the added title of assistant head coach.

During Chud's two years in San Diego, Antonio Gates averaged 80 receptions and more than 1,000 yards per season. Chud's expected return should also help the development of third-year tight end Scott Chandler, a former fourth-round pick who has yet to log a reception during the regular season.

The Chargers have yet to make an announcement regarding Chudzinski.

To see the reactions of fans to Chudzinski's pending return, click here.

Eight Players Re-signed

The Bolts re-signed eight players who spent time on the practice squad last year: LB Eric Bakhtiari, WR Gary Banks, RB Eldra Buckley, DE Andre Coleman, OG Brandyn Dombrowski, CB Grant Mason, CB DeJuan Tribble and DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo.

Tribble signed a one-year deal while the other seven players agreed to two-year contracts. Tribble, a sixth-round pick in last year's draft, is the only one of the players to spend time on the active roster last season. He was inactive during Weeks 1-3 before being released and signed to the practice squad.

Other than Tribble, the players to watch on this list are Bakhtiari, Buckley and Coleman. Bakhtiari is a natural pass-rusher but is still a work in progress; Buckley is a powerful runner and deft receiver who could stick if LaDainian Tomlinson and/or Darren Sproles depart this offseason; and Coleman is a sturdy defensive end with more pass-rushing skills than any other lineman currently on the roster.


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