Jue signs with Chargers

Safety Bhawoh Jue signed a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers today. Jue joins guards Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera, who also left the Green Bay Packers today and signed with other teams.<p>

Jue signed a three-year contract. The financial numbers were not made available, though the Journal Sentinel said it was worth $4.5 million, including a $1.6 million bonus.

Jue, 6-0, 199, is expected to compete with two-year starter Jerry Wilson at free safety. Wilson is an unrestricted free agent, but the Chargers are trying to re-sign him. Wilson had just three interceptions last season, and the Chargers would like to see more takeaways at that position.

"What's appealing is the opportunity for a starting job," Jue said. Jue, 25, played his first four seasons in Green Bay after being selected by the Packers in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft from Penn State. Jue had 34 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed in 2004 in his first season full season at safety. Jue played in all 16 games and started four for the Packers in '04. The Packers won each of his starts when he replaced an injured Darren Shaper. His interception clinched a win at Washington.

He also played a significant role on special teams, notching 11 tackles.

Jue mainly played cornerback his first three years in the league, but started seven games for the injured Le Roy Butler at safety as a rookie.

Jue's career regular-season totals include 97 tackles, three interceptions, 1.5 sacks, 17 passes defensed and 28 tackles on special teams. He's played in 51 career regular-season games with 11 starts. Jue also played in five playoff games for the Packers, recording seven tackles, one sack and two passes defensed.

Jue was born in Monrovia, Liberia. His family moved to the United States from the war-ravaged country when Jue was a year old. His family settled in Virginia and Jue lettered in football and basketball at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, VA, before advancing his academic and athletic career at Penn State.

Jue is the first unrestricted free agent signed by the Chargers in 2005.

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