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Over his four-year career in San Diego, Darrell Stuckey has proven to be a valuable member of the Bolts. On Saturday morning, word came down that he’ll remain with the Chargers for the foreseeable future as Stuckey agreed to a multi-year contract that will keep him in America’s Finest City.
“It feels good knowing Darrell will be back with us,” said General Manager Tom Telesco. “He’s proven to be a very valuable member of both our defense and our special teams, as well as a positive influence in the locker room.”
The 2013 season marked his second consecutive year as the Chargers’ special teams captain. Stuckey was named the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year following a season in which he finished third on the team with 10 tackles and one fumble recovery. He also made a number of highlight-reel plays downing the ball, including an over-the-shoulder catch on a fourth quarter punt at the two-yard line in Jacksonville and an acrobatic play to back the Redskins up at the one-yard line in Washington. Stuckey came through in the clutch in the playoffs as well. In the Wild Card win over the Cincinnati Bengals, he tied for the team lead with three tackles, with two of his stops recorded as tackles for loss.
The 5-11, 212-pound safety saw the most significant playing time of his career on defense as well in 2013, particularly over the final three games of the regular season. He finished with nine tackles and one memorable pass broken up when he ripped the ball out of a wide receiver’s hands in the end zone to negate a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. He then helped the Bolts reach the postseason with a career-high three defensive tackles in the Week 17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Just like he did on special teams, Stuckey elevated his play in the postseason. Against the Bengals, he had a key pass defensed on a deep ball to Marvin Jones in the third quarter, while against the Denver Broncos, he deflected what appeared to be a sure touchdown into the air, allowing Donald Butler to intercept it in the end zone.
The Bolts initially drafted Stuckey in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft after he starred at Kansas. His 295 career tackles with the Jayhawks were second-most all time among the school’s defensive backs. As a junior, Stuckey tallied 93 tackles and became the Jayhawks’ first non-linebacker to lead the team in tackles since 2000. He appeared in only one game as a rookie in 2010, but ever since seeing extensive playing time in 2011, Stuckey has had a major impact on the field. His 34 special teams tackles over the last three seasons rank among the highest in the NFL over that span.