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Chargers Sign Versatile DL Mitch Unrein
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The 6-4, 306-pounder can play various positions along the defensive line. He’s appeared 54 games with three starts over four seasons with the Denver Broncos, recording 48 tackles with one fumble recovery over that span. While he appeared in only eight games in 2014, he played in all 16 regular season games in 2013, and saw the field in over 36 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2012.
Unrein memorably became the first defensive lineman to catch a touchdown in Broncos history, snaring a one-yard pass from Peyton Manning against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. He played fullback in certain short yardage and goal line packages that year, when Denver’s offensive coordinator was current Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Wyoming by the Houston Texans, Unrein initially joined the Broncos practice squad that October before making the active roster in 2011.
Unrein is the Bolts’ ninth addition during the free agency period. The team also signed guard Orlando Franklin (Denver), return specialist Jacoby Jones (Baltimore), defensive back Jimmy Wilson (Miami) and wide receiver Stevie Johnson (San Francisco), and retained left tackle King Dunlap, cornerback Brandon Flowers, defensive end Ricardo Mathews and center Trevor Robinson.