Lorenzo Neal Signs 3-Year Deal

Lorenzo Neal was added to the San Diego Chargers on Friday, the first day of free agency. Neal, formerly of Cincinnati, comes off a Pro Bowl season. <br><br> Neal receives a three year deal worth $4.5 million and replaces the recently departed Fred McCrary who was cut on Thursday.

"Last night, I was talking to my agent pretty late and he said, ‘San Diego is going to fly you in the morning. Hopefully things will work out,'" said Neal. "When he told me that, I had a rough time sleeping. I got up this morning and worked out. Me and the wife couldn't sleep last night, we were like, ‘God, I hope this happens.'

"To be in California, your parents and your loved ones can come and watch you play, so we're excited about it. We're excited and definitely elated about being in California. We really are."

Lorenzo Neal is the newest San Diego Charger.

Neal, 5-11, and 245 pounds, joins the sixth team of his career. The 11 year veteran has built up an impressive resume including six consecutive season in which he has blocked for a back gaining 1,000+ yards.

"Over the course of the past six seasons, he has paved the way for six consecutive 1,000-yard rushers," Marty Schottenheimer said. "The fact that I find even more remarkable than that is that he has gone nine consecutive seasons in the NFL without missing a football game. That's a really testimony to his determination and his heart, because I am sure there were many times that he was a bit banged up but still found a way to get out there and do his job.

"We are delighted to have Lorenzo and his wife, Denisha, as part of the Chargers' family."

LaDainian Tomlinson was excited by the news after being disappointed just dayus before when he learned Fred McCrary was being cut.

"For them to bring in Lorenzo, an All-Pro fullback, that's saying a lot," Tomlinson said. "I'm excited about working with him. He's a heck of a football player."

Neal has never been a factor rushing the football. His highest total in carries was 30 back in 1994, last year he had just nine. What he does provide is solid blocking up front and consistency.

Neal had 21 receptions last season and has reliable hands, adding a potential weapon out of the backfield. In fact he has more receptions than carries in his career (114 to 109). His main goal is to block, and continue the upward trend of Tomlinson.

"I'm just elated to be a San Diego Charger," said Neal. "I would like to thank Coach Schottenheimer for giving me this opportunity, as well as Mr. Butler and Mr. Spanos. It's just an honor to be able to play for a team that you always wanted to play for growing up. When they had Dan Fouts, Chuck Muncie, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner and James Brooks, that team was always my favorite team. So, now to be a part of that legacy and play for a team that is on the verge of greatness is an honor."

"I know their coach well and I have the ultimate respect for Coach Schottenheimer. I know what he demands and expects out of his players," continued Neal. "I'm excited just to be part of that. My goals are high. My expectations are high, just like everyone else. I'm just happy to aboard."

"Hopefully I can help this team get where it wants to be," said Neal. "I don't have a magic wand, I'm just going to try and work hard and be a part of a puzzle and give you what I have, and that's 100 percent. I'm going to do everything in my power to help this team and just play hard football."

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