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New Chargers safety greeted by familiar faces

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/03/13/sports/professional/chargers/31206192812.txt">North County Times</a>

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    By Steve Scholfield

    SAN DIEGO ---- Veteran wide receiver Keenan McCardell gets an assist in luring free-agent safety Marlon McCree to the Chargers.

    McCree, who will turn 29 Friday, signed a five-year deal with the Chargers on Saturday. The former seventh-round draft pick out of Kentucky is guaranteed $6 million. If he completes the contract, McCree will have the opportunity to make $16 million.

    "He's a playmaker," defensive coach Wade Phillips said Sunday when McCree was introduced to the media. "He's been the leading tackler, he's been the leading interceptor on teams he has played for over the last five years."
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    McCree played two years each with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans before playing with the Carolina Panthers last season.

    McCardell and McCree were teammates in Jacksonville in 2001. Chargers secondary coach Brian Stewart was his position coach in Houston in 2003.

    "Keenan had nothing but good things to say about the organization," McCree said. "San Diego was my first trip, and they are a playoff-level team who seem to have all the pieces in place."

    McCree has 12 interceptions in his career. His knack for pickoffs should help a Chargers secondary that finished 28th in the NFL in pass defense last season. The secondary had only seven of the team's 10 interceptions.

    "He's a physical player who is versatile," Phillips said. "He can play four positions on our nickel defense, which is our third-down defense. You know, we think that is key for us."

    General manager A.J. Smith warned that the increase in the salary cap to $102 million doesn't necessarily mean the Chargers will try to go after eight or 10 free agents.

    "We are going to take our time," said Smith, who admitted there are a couple of people he wants to take a look at.

    So where does free-agent quarterback Drew Brees fall into this mix?

    "As you know, we had a value on him and his agent had a value on him," Smith said. "We assessed a value to Antonio Gates and Jamal Williams, and it worked out. In this case, it is not working."

    Smith was referring to the signing of Gates last August to a six-year deal and to Williams' five-year contract extension last May.

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