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December 31 - Richard Crawford returned to the fold as the Chargers re-signed the cornerback to the practice squad. A 5-11, 192-pound native of Oceanside, Crawford split time between the active roster and practice squad last season. He spent the offseason with the Bolts, appearing in four preseason games with a 29-yard pick-six vs. the San Francisco 49ers. The Chargers released P Kasey Redfern to make room.
December 30 - After placing two defensive backs on IR earlier in the week, the Bolts beefed up the secondary by signing a pair of veterans in S Brandian Ross and CB Cassius Vaughn. Ross’ top season came in 2013 when he played in all 16 games for the Oakland Raiders with 13 starts, totaling 101 tackles and 2.0 sacks. Meanwhile, Vaughn has spent time with the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens over a six-year career.
December 29 - The Bolts released wide receiver Vincent Brown on Tuesday, ending his second stint with the team. Signed on Dec. 8, Brown was active for one game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and caught one pass for 22 yards.
December 28 - It was a busy Monday at Chargers Park as the Bolts made eight transactions, highlighted by four players moved to IR. S Eric Weddle (groin), S Darrell Stuckey (knee), TE Ladarius Green (ankle) and NT Sean Lissemore (shoulder) all saw their seasons come to an end as the team's total increased to 17 players on the Reserve-Injured list. The Chargers signed a pair of players off their practice squad to the active roster in TE Sean McGrath and S Matt Daniels, and re-signed G Craig Watts and G Michael Huey to the PS. Later in the afternoon, the Bolts claimed TE Asante Cleveland off waivers from the New England Patriots.
December 22 - Melvin Gordon's season came to an end as the rookie running back was placed on IR with a knee injury suffered against the Miami Dolphins. He finished his rookie year with 641 yards on 184 carries along with 33 catches for 192 yards. To take his place, the Bolts signed RB Dreamius Smith off the practice squad. The rookie out of West Virginia impressed in the preseason. In a corresponding move, the Chargers signed P Kasey Redfern.
December 19 - A hectic week for Brad Sorensen continued as the QB was re-signed to the practice squad while guard Craig Watts was waived.
December 17 - The Bolts beefed up the offensive line on Thursday by claiming OT Jeff Linkenbach off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. The sixth-year veteran has appeared in 85 games with 36 starts over his career. To make room, the team waived QB Brad Sorensen.
December 16 - The Chargers made four moves prior to practice on Wednesday as they re-signed S Adrian Phillips and QB Brad Sorensen to the active roster. Phillips has already appeared in six games this season, while Sorensen was inactive on Sunday before being waived on Monday. The team also added S Matt Daniels and CB Keith Lewis to the practice squad. Daniels was with the Bolts for two weeks in November while Lewis has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets.
December 15 - The roster now stands at 51 after the team released veteran safety Jimmy Wilson. A San Diego native, Wilson joined the Bolts in March after spending the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in 13 games with six starts.
December 14 - After promoting Brad Sorensen with Philip Rivers battling illness prior to Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bolts waived the third-year QB on Monday.
December 12 - Less than 24 hours before taking the field against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chargers made four moves that saw two defensive stalwarts lost for the remainder of the year. The Bolts placed DT Corey Liuget (foot) and CB Brandon Flowers (knee) on IR. Liuget has battled a foot injury since leaving early Week 8 in Baltimore, while Flowers was carted off in the first quarter Week 13 vs. Denver. DE Darius Philon was promoted off of IR-Designated to Return after a hip injury landed him on the list on Oct. 17. Finally, QB Brad Sorensen was also signed off the practice squad to round out the 53-man roster.
December 11 - Adrian Phillips returned on Friday as the Chargers re-signed the safety to the practice squad. Phillips appared in six games this season with one start. To make room, the team waived WR Shane Wynn.
December 9 - Needing to open up a spot for WR Vincent Brown, the Chargers waived safety Adrian Phillips. The first-year player out of Texas has bounced between the active roster and practice squad since first signing in 2014. Meanwhile, the team also signed 6-8, 267-pound tight end Tim Semisch to the practice squad and relegated Te Alex Bayer to PS-Injured (foot).
December 8 - A familiar face is back donning the lightning bolt as the team signed WR Vincent Brown. A former third round pick in 2011, he had 60 receptions for 801 yards and three touchdowns over 30 games with the Bolts from 2011-13. The Chargers will announce a corresponding roster move on Wednesday.
December 2 - The Bolts made a wide receiver swap on the practice squad, signing Shane Wynn after waiving Donte Foster yesterday. The 5-6, 167-pound Wynn most recently spent time with the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets after initially joining the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in April. He caught four passes for 32 yards this preseason for the Browns, including a 21-yard touchdown strike from Johnny Manziel. Wynn also proved to be dangerous on special teams, including an electric 57-yard punt return against the Buffalo Bills that ultimately didn’t count after a teammate was flagged for a facemask away from the play. He was waived at the end of the preseason, and spent time in November on the Jets’ practice squad. Later in the day, the team parted ways with Special Teams Coordinator Kevin Spencer.
December 1 - The Chargers opened up a spot on the practice squad by waiving WR Donte Foster. The former Ohio University star initially joined the team on November 18.
November 24 - Sean McGrath is back in the fold as the Bolts re-signed the tight end to the practice squad. The 6-5, 259-pound McGrath initially joined the active roster shortly before the bye but was waived on Saturday. He led all Kansas City Chiefs tight ends in 2013 with 26 receptions for 302 yards and two touchdowns before retiring at the end of the year.
November 21 - WR Tyrell Williams electrified fans this preseason with a team-high 137 receiving yards, punctuated by a 63-yard catch and run for a TD at the 49ers. He will get the chance once again to make an impact this Sunday. After spending the majority of the regular season on the practice squad after being active for the Week 1 win over the Lions, Williams was re-signed to the active roster on Saturday. To make room, the Chargers waived TE Sean McGrath.
November 18 - The Chargers added a new wide receiver to the mix, signing Donte Foster to the practice squad. A 6-1, 199-pound product out of Ohio University, Foster joined the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He spent last season on their practice squad and had two catches this preseason for 10 yards. As a senior with the Bobcats in 2013, he had 69 catches for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns. In the process, Foster became only the second wide receiver in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. He finished his career with 167 catches for 2,170 yards and 21 touchdowns over 51 games, and was named the MVP of the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl after recording a bowl-record 160 receiving yards against East Carolina.
November 17 - The Bolts opened up a spot on the practice squad Tuesday, releasing safety Matt Daniels. He initially was added in early November following stints with the St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.
November 11 - The San Diego Chargers re-signed G Craig Watts to the practice squad on Wednesday after waiving him on Tuesday. The Bolts promoted him on Monday as insurance for the Bears game after placing C Chris Watt on IR. The 6-4, 320-pound Watts has been a member of the practice squad since 2014 after signing as an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M.
November 10 - A fifth tight end was added to the roster as San Diego signed veteran Sean McGrath on Tuesday. The 6-5, 259-pounder retired from football after the 2013 season before making a comeback this year. In a corresponding move, the Bolts waived guard Craig Watts, who was promoted to the active roster the day prior.
November 9 - An injury plagued season came to an end for Chris Watt as the Chargers placed their center on IR with a shoulder injury sustained last week in Baltimore. Taking his place is guard Craig Watts, who has been a mainstay on their practice squad the last two seasons.
November 5 - The number of transactions this week is up to 13 as the Chargers made five more moves on Wednesday. San Diego promoted DT Damion Square to the active roster, and signed WR Isaiah Burse, LB Ben Gardner, S Matt Daniels and RB Dreamius Smith to the practice squad. Square is a 6-2, 293-pound defensive tackle who initially joined the Bolts off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs last November.
November 3 - After sustaining a litany of injuries against the Baltimore Ravens, the Chargers made eight moves on Tuesday. They placed WR Keenan Allen (kidney), RB Branden Oliver (toe) and OLB Tourek Williams (foot) on the "Reserve-Injured" list, ending all three players' seasons. They promoted WR Javontee Herndon and CB Greg Ducre from the practice squad to active roster, and re-signed C J.D. Walton. The latter was released last week. Later in the day, the Bolts released KR/WR Jacoby Jones. The veteran returned nine kickoffs for 193 yards (21.4 yards per return) and five punts for minus-four yards. Finally, OLB Ryan Mueller was waived from the practice squad.
October 27 - The Bolts added one veteran and released another on Tuesday, signing ILB Joe Mays and parting ways with C J.D. Walton. Mays is an eighth-year veteran with 69 games of experience under his belt. He's also familiar with the AFC West having suited up for the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs over his career. Meanwhile, Walton appeared in one game with the Chargers after being signed prior to Week 4 as he saw time at left guard against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.
October 26 - CB Chris Davis was waived from the team's reserve-injured list. The second-year player was automatically placed on IR on Sept. 1 after he was waived-injured with a concussion.
October 24 - For the third time this season, QB Brad Sorensen was added to the practice squad as the Chargers brought back their former seventh round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The team released G Michael Huey in a corresponding move.
October 21 - The Chargers added a pair of offensive linemen to the practice squad on Wednesday, including a newcomer in T Andrew McDonald and a familiar face in G Michael Huey. To make room, the team released QB Brad Sorensen. McDonald is a 6-6, 310-pound tackle most recently with the Cleveland Browns who has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. He was a member of three teams' active rosters in 2014, and appeared in two games for the Seahawks. McDonald was waived from the Browns’ practice squad on Oct. 5. Meanwhile, this marks Huey’s third stint on the practice squad. The 6-5, 317-pound former Arena League star is a versatile lineman who also saw time at center this summer with the Bolts.
October 20 - For the second time this season, S Adrian Phillips has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. The safety appeared in three games earlier this season, totalling six tackles with one tackle for loss. Taking his place on the practice squad is DL Chuka Ndulue, most recently with the Denver Broncos. The 6-3, 300-pounder intially signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent in May out of Oklahoma, and was part of their practice squad until the end of September.
October 19 - The Bolts waived OL Michael Ola on Monday after promoting him to the 53-man roster on Saturday. The versatile 6-4, 327-pound lineman spent Weeks 1-3 and Week 5 on the practice squad and was activated for Weeks 4 and 6.
October 17 - Each NFL team is allowed to place one player on the Reserve/Injured; Designated to Return list, and the Bolts used theirs Saturday on rookie DE Darius Philon with a hip ailment. Philon will not be permitted to practice for six weeks, and won't be eligible to return until Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers used the open spot on the 53-man roster to promote versatile OL Michael Ola to the active squad.
October 14 - Two days after being waived to make room for Antonio Gates on the active roster, the Bolts re-signed S Adrian Phillips to the practice squad. Phillips played in three games, registering six tackles with one tackle for loss. The team released WR Donatella Luckett from the practice squad in a corresponding transaction.
October 12 - TE Antonio Gates was activated to the 53-man roster hours before kickoff vs. the Steelers on Monday Night Football. To make room, the team waived S Adrian Phillips
October 7 - The Bolts added a new wide receiver into the fold as they signed Donatella Luckett to the practice squad. Luckett most recently spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, returning four punts for 60 yards and one kickoff for 20 in four preseason games. He was waived during the final roster reduction. Luckett initially signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chiefs out of Harding, where he caught 79 passes for 1,625 yards and 15 touchdowns along with 78 rushes for 579 yards and five scores over four seasons. He also returned 38 kickoffs, averaging 24.5 yards per return with two touchdowns.
October 6 - One day after being waived, the Chargers re-signed G Michael Ola to the practice squad. The versatile lineman played in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns mainly on special teams, but did see two snaps at right guard. He protected QB Philip Rivers on his first quarter TD strike to WR Keenan Allen. The Chargers also released G Michael Huey from the practice squad.
October 5 - After parting ways with RB Donald Brown on Saturday in order to add an additional offensive lineman for the Browns game, the Chargers re-signed the veteran running back on Monday. San Diego waived G Michael Ola in a corresponding move. Meanwhile, TE Antonio Gates returned to Chargers Park as his four game suspension came to an end. The Bolts were granted a roster exemption.
October 3 - For the third time this week, the Chargers added an offensive lineman to the active roster as they promoted guard Michael Ola off the practice squad. The versatile guard started 12 games last season for the Chicago Bears. To make room, the Bolts released veteran running back Donald Brown.
October 2 - On Thursday, QB Brad Sorensen was released from the practice squad to make room for CB Carrington Byndom. One day later, the Chargers brought Sorensen back and released the cornerback. Originally a seventh-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Sorensen threw for 336 yards and one touchdown this preseason.
October 1 - The Chargers continued their flurry of activity this week by making a change to the practice squad, signing CB Carrington Byndom and releasing QB Brad Sorensen. The 6-0, 180-pound Byndom appeared in five games (three regular season, two postseason) for the Carolina Panthers in 2014 after being promoted off the practice squad in early December. The Texas product appeared in 51 games with the Longhorns from 2010-13, notching 189 tackles, two sacks, five interceptions (two for a touchdown),29 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Meanwhile, Sorensen was drafted by the Bolts in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was on the active roster that year, and spent time on the practice squad on and off the last two seasons.
September 29 - After a number of offensive linemen left Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, the Chargers reinforced the unit by signing C J.D. Walton and promoting Tyreek Burwell from the practice squad. Walton has started 52 games over six years, while Burwell made the initial 53-man roster before being moved to the practice squad. Earlier in the day, the team waived TE Kyle Miller and placed G Johnnie Troutman on season-ending IR. Miller appeared in two games this season, and made his first career start last week against the Minnesota Vikings. Troutman's forearm injury that is ending his season was suffered back on Aug. 13 in the preseason opener. He started 15 games last season.
September 28 - The Chargers waived S Gordon Hill from the reserved-injured list.
September 25 - The Bolts made a switch to the practice squad hours before their flight to Minnesota, bringing back G Craig Watts and releasing G Michael Huey. The 6-4, 335-pounder is a product of West Texas A&M, and was a member of the practice squad last season. Watts appeared in four games this preseason for the Chargers.
September 24- Only nine days after he was waived to make room for OL Kenny Wiggins, the Chargers re-signed TE Kyle Miller. The second-year player led the Bolts in the preseason with 11 catches for 66 yards, and appeared mainly on special teams in Week 1's win over the Detroit Lions. To make room, San Diego released DT Mitch Unrein.
September 22 –The Chargers brought WR Tyrell Williams back as a member of the practice squad. Williams appeared in Week 1 mostly on special teams, but was waived on Saturday in order to make room for S Adrian Phillips.
September 21 – After being activated by the NFL from the suspended list, the Chargers waived G Craig Watts. The offensive lineman was a member of the practice squad all of last year.
September 19 - S Adrian Phillips was signed off the practice squad to beef up the secondary less than 24 hours before the Bolts' tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 5-11, 210-pound safety appeared in three games last season out of Texas. To make room, San Diego waived WR Tyrell Williams.
September 15 - A familiar face is back in the fold as the Chargers brought back versatile OL Kenny Wiggins. A lineman capable of playing anywhere on the line, Wiggins has been on and off the team’s roster since the start of 2013. TE Kyle Miller was waived in a corresponding move.
September 12 - The Chargers made a switch to the practice squad, adding T Tyreek Burwell and waiving RB Dreamius Smith. Burwell, a 6-5, 305-pound product out of Cincinnati, was released from the active roster on Thursday when TE John Phillips was re-signed. Meanwhile, Smith ranked second on the team this preseason with 74 rushing yards and one touchdown.
September 10 - Less than a week after releasing TE John Phillips during final cuts, the Chargers re-signed the veteran on Thursday. He is the fourth tight end on the active 53-man roster, joining Ladarius Green, David Johnson and Kyle Miller. To make room, San Diego waived rookie T Tyreek Burwell. San Diego also reached an injury settlement with LB Colton Underwood, so he was released from IR.
September 9 - The team reached an injury settlement with G Melvin Meggs, releasing him from the reserve-injured list.
September 7- The practice squad is now at a maximum of 10 players as the Chargers made three additions on Monday, bringing back QB Brad Sorensen while adding TE Alex Bayer and G Michael Ola. Bayer appeared in six games for the St. Louis Rams last season while Ola started 12 games in four different positions for the Chicago Bears.
September 6 - Seven players who were released on Saturday returned to the Chargers as members of the practice squad. They include CB Greg Ducre, WR Javontee Herndon, G Michael Huey, LB Ryan Mueller, S Adrian Phillips, RB Dreamius Smith and NT Damion Square. With only seven spots taken, three remain open.
September 5 - Building a roster is a fluid process, but all teams were required to cut down to 53 players by 1:00pm PST. In doing so, the Bolts made 22 total moves on Saturday. They waived LB Chi Chi Ariguzo (injured), CB Richard Crawford, CB Greg Ducre, WR Javontee Herndon, G Michael Huey, S Johnny Lowdermilk, CB Jordan Mabin, LB Ryan Mueller, TE Brian Parker, S Adrian Phillips, CB Lowell Rose, RB Dreamius Smith, QB Brad Sorensen, DT Damion Square, LB Colton Underwood (injured) and G Kenny Wiggins. San Diego also released veterans K Nick Novak, WR Austin Pettis and TE John Phillips, and traded OL Jeremiah Sirles to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2016 sixth-round pick. Also, TE Antonio Gates and OL Craig Watts were moved to the reserve-suspended list.
September 2 - Twenty-four hours after being waived-injured, WR Torrence Allen, CB Chris Davis, S Gordon Hill and G Melvin Meggs went unclaimed so San Diego was able to transition them to the "Reserve-Injured" list. The join DE Tenny Palepoi and LB Brock Hekking on IR.
September 1 - "The bad part of the business" continued on Tuesday as the Chargers waived-injured four players including WR Torrence Allen, CB Chris Davis, S Gordon Hill and G Melvin Meggs. If they clear waivers, they will be automatically placed on the "Reserve-Injured" list. Davis spent all 16 games on the active roster last year while Allen was a member of the practice squad. Hill initially joined the Chargers as a rookie free agent after the draft while the Bolts added Meggs in the middle of training camp. Meanwhile, after being waived-injured on Sunday, the Chargers placed LB Brock Hekking on IR.
August 30 - The roster must go from 90 to 53 in the coming days, and the Chargers began that process by releasing 11 players on Sunday. They include CB Manny Asprilla, DL Cameron Botticelli, WR Titus Davis, RB Jahwan Edwards, LB Curtis Grant, LB Brock Hekking (injured), T Forrestal Hickman, TE David Paulson, QB Chase Rettig, DL Luther Robinson and TE Logan Stokes. The majority of the players joined the Bolts as undrafted rookie free agents, as only Rettig, Robinson and Paulson were on NFL teams at some point prior to 2015. Paulson is the only player released who was with the team in 2014 as he spent most of the year on the practice squad.
August 19 - The Chargers made a tight end swap, claiming TE Logan Stokes off waivers from the New England Patriots and waiving TE Eric Frohnapfel. Stokes is a 6-5, 255-pound rookie out of Louisiana State widely praised for his ability as a blocker.
August 17 - GM Tom Telesco described it as "a very important day in the history of the Chargers" as the team officially inked QB Philip Rivers to a four-year extension. Number 17 will remain a Bolt through 2019, as Telesco explained the importance of locking up the franchise quarterback.
August 7- The Bolts made a switch on the offensive line, signing OL Melvin Meggs and waiving-injured OL Ben Beckwith. Meggs is a 6-2, 299-pound product out of South Alabama who appeared in 45 games with 44 starts. He signed as an undrafted free agent initially with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was waived in June. Beckwith joined the Chargers after the draft as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State.
August 4 - Even though the players were off, it was a busy day at Chargers Park as the Bolts made a transaction for the second straight day by signing CB Jordan Mabin. The cornerback spent parts of the past three seasons on the practice squad with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons. WR Demetrius Wilson was released in a corresponding move.
August 3- The Chargers made their first transaction of training camp, inking former Green Bay Packers DT Luther Robinson on Monday. Robinson was initially a rookie camp tryout with Green Bay, and worked his way onto the active roster, appearing in five games last season. The Chargers beefed up the d-line after losing Tenny Palepoi for the season as they placed him on IR with a fractured foot.
June 16- A month after attending rookie minicamp as a non-contract participant, the Chargers signed OL Forrestal Hickman hours before the start of mandatory minicamp. The 6-7, 320-pound Hickman was a four year starter at left tackle for the Missouri S&T Miners. A three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection, he was named to the first team as a sophomore and senior. DE Ricky Tjong-a-Tjoe was waived to make room.
June 5- General Manager Tom Telesco is a firm believer in building to the draft, and Corey Liuget a prime example why. Even though he was selected before Telesco arrived in San Diego, the defensive tackle has grown in the system, blossoming into one of the top defensive tackles in the league. As such, the Chargers and Liuget reached a multi-year extension to keep the 25-year old wearing the lightning bolt for years to come.
June 1 - A familiar face is back with the Bolts as San Diego re-signed CB Lowell Rose. The cornerback was in training camp with the Chargers last year, appearing in three preseason games. The Tulsa product later signed with the Miami Dolpins and played in five games. OT Cameron Clemmons was waived in a corresponding move.
May 20 - The Chargers made a QB switch, signing Chase Rettig while releasing Cole Stoudt. Rettig is a former Boston College star who was with the Green Bay Packers last training camp.
May 19 - The Bolts continued to reinfore the offensive line, signing veteran right tackle Joe Barksdale to a one-year contract. The 6-5, 326-pounder started all 16 games at right tackle for the first time in his career in 2014 for the St. Louis Rams. To make room, San Diego waived tackle Bryce Quigley.
May 15 - Before hitting the field to kick off rookie minicamp, the Chargers officially locked up three more rookies including their first round pick. Less than 24 hours after arriving in San Diego, running back Melvin Gordon signed a four-year deal as all five members of the draft class are now under contract. The team also signed two undrafted free agents they previously agreed to terms with in safety Johnny Lowdermilk and wide receiver Tyrell Williams.
May 13 - One day after signing a number of undrafted free agents, four Chargers draft picks officially put pen to paper for four year contracts. They include second-round inside linebacker Denzel Perryman, third-round cornerback Craig Mager, fifth-round outside linebacker Kyle Emanuel and sixth-round defensive end Darius Philon. With their college requirements complete, all four picks have been around Chargers Park since Monday and are expected to participate in the weekend's rookie minicamp.
May 12 - With the rookies finally arriving in San Diego, the Bolts are beginning to ink them to contracts. After previously agreeing to terms with a number of undrafted free agents immediately after the draft, the Chargers officially started signing them on Tuesday. They include ILB Ikechi Ariguzo, CB Manuel Asprilla, G Ben Beckwith, DE Cameron Botticelli, T Tyreek Burwell, T Cameron Clemmons, WR Titus Davis, ILB Nick Dzubnar, RB Jahwan Edwards, TE Eric Frohnapfel, ILB Curtis Grant, OLB Brock Hekking, S Gordon Hill, K Josh Lambo, OLB Ryan Mueller, TE Brian Parker, RB Dreamius Smith, QB Cole Stoudt and WR Demetrius Wilson.
May 5 - The Chargers added to their tight end stable, claiming 6-5, 252-pound tight end Kyle Miller off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons. Miller originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Mount Union in 2011 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and has also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. He recorded 87 catches for 1,259 yards with 15 touchdowns in college. The Bolts waived DE Damik Scafe to make room for Miller.
May 2 - San Diego once again went all defense on the last day of the draft, adding OLB Kyle Emanuel in the fifth round and DE Darius Philon in the sixth. Emanuel dominated at North Dakota State while Philon made quite the impression over two years at Arkansas.
May 1 - The Bolts went defense on day two of the draft, selecting ILB Denzel Perryman, a hard-hitting hammer out of Miami in the second round, and the fiesty CB Craig Mager out of Texas State in the third.
April 30 - General Manager Tom Telesco made a splash in the first day of the draft, trading up two slots to select running back Melvin Gordon with the 15th overall pick.
April 21 - San Diego waived LB Alvin Scioneaux, who joined the Bolts last year as an undrafted free agent out of Wofford. Scioneaux tore his ACL in the preseason opener and spent the remainder of the year on the reserve-injured list.
April 15 - Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris held the same role in Buffalo when the Bills drafted tackle Chris Hairston out of Clemson back in 2011. Four years later, the two have reunited in San Diego as the Chargers agreed to terms on a one year deal with the versatile lineman.
March 31 - Four years after a training camp stint with the team, guard Michael Huey is back with the Bolts. The former Texas star and Arena League standout is the fourth offensive lineman the San Diego struck a deal with this offseason, joining tackle King Dunlap, guard Orlando Franklin and center Trevor Robinson. The Chargers also parted ways two players, waiving center Jeff Baca and nose tackle Chas Alecxih.
March 19 - General Manager Tom Telesco continued to add to the secondary, signing cornerback Patrick Robinson to a one-year deal. The former first round pick of the New Orleans Saints is embracing a fresh start in America's Finest City.
March 18 - DL Mitch Unrein became the ninth addition the Bolts made during the free agency period, inking a two-year deal with San Diego. Unrein has recorded 48 tackles in 54 games, played in every game during Denver's Super Bowl run in 2013 and saw the field in over 36 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2012.
March 17 - San Diego won the Stevie Johnson Sweepstakes as the Chargers agreed to terms with the veteran wideout on a three-year deal. One of the top wide receivers in Buffalo Bills history, Johnson spent one year with the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Bolts for the 2015 season. While he was highly coveted, he explained why the Chargers were his top choice.
March 13 - The Bolts signed defensive back Jimmy Wilson to a two-year deal on Friday, and immediately added versatility, toughness and swagger to their secondary. A native of San Diego, he excels at safety and in the slot, and had a career-year in 2014 as a member of the Miami Dolphins. Wilson's role increased steadily over his time in South Beach after initially joining the Dolphins as a seventh-round pick in 2011.
March 10 - The Chargers made a splash on the first day of free agency, landing highly-coveted left guard Orlando Franklin. Not only did the Bolts make Franklin a priority, but the new left guard badly wanted to be a Bolt. The team also agreed to terms with C Trevor Robinson and DE Ricardo Mathews, while releasing G Chad Rinehart. Robinson played a pivotal role in a pair of dramatic comebacks last year against the Ravens and 49ers, while Mathews had 25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles, tied for most on the team.
March 9 - GM Tom Telesco locked up one of the team's premier defenders by re-signing CB Brandon Flowers to a four-year deal. One of the best corners in the NFL, Flowers led San Diego with three interceptions and 11 passes defensed while appearing in 14 games. His impact went far beyond the stats though as he was a leader on and off the field. Flowers made it clear that he couldn't envision playing anywhere else except for the Chargers.
March 6 - The Chargers made a splash on Friday by signing dynamic wide receiver/returner Jacoby Jones to a two-year contract. One of the game's most explosive playmakers, Jones is a threat to take it to the house every time he is on the field. The 6-2, 215-pounder also shines on the biggest stage, holding Super Bowl records for longest play (108-yard kickoff return) and total yards in a single game (290). Meanwhile, the Bolts parted ways with LB Reggie Walker after two years in San Diego.
February 25 - While OLB Jarret Johnson announced his retirement one day prior, the Chargers officially released the outside linebacker on Wednesday.
February 24 - After 12 seasons including three with the San Diego Chargers, OLB Jarret Johnson announced his retirement. Johnson defined toughness and was one of the league's most physical and respected leaders throughout his entire NFL tenure.
February 20 - The Chargers made waves at the NFL Scouting Combine when they announced they reached a four-year agreement with left tackle King Dunlap. A pending free agent, Dunlap arrived in 2013 and proved to be a stabilizing force along the offensive line. General Manager Tom Telesco referred to Dunlap as the best left tackle on the market, explaining why it was a no brainer for the Bolts to bring him back. On the flip side, Dunlap said there was no place he'd rather be than with the Chargers protecting Philip Rivers.
February 9 - The Chargers added their second new coach of the offseason, hiring Chris Shula as defensive quality control coach. A collegiate coach since 2010, most recently at John Carroll University, he is the grandson of Don Shula, the NFL's all-time winningiest coach.
February 3 - One of the greatest players and leaders in Chargers history called it a career as longtime center Nick Hardwick hung up his cleats after 11 seasons. Appearing in 146 games, Hardwick was a true Charger to the core, and penned an emotional handwritten letter to the fans that was posted shortly before his farewell press conference.
January 29 - Highly regarded NFL coach Mike Nolan joins the Chargers as linebackers coach, replacing Joe Barry who is heading east to serve as defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. Nolan arrves in San Diego with 28 years of coaching experience in the NFL, including four seasons as head coach of the 49ers and 17 seasons as a defensive coordinator.
January 9 - San Diego added to it's crop of receivers, signing WR Austin Pettis to a reserve/future contract on Friday. Originally a third round pick (78th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft, Pettis spent four years with the St. Louis Rams amassing 107 catches for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns in 47 career games.
January 8 - Longtime guard/tackle Jeromey Clary retired from the NFL after nine seasons, all with the San Diego Chargers. A gritty, hardworking physical presence for 109 games on the line of scrimmage, Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris referred to Clary as "The Ultimate Pro" for his contributions to the Bolts.
January 6 - The Bolts first transaction of 2015 was bringing back a familiar face as the team signed quarterback Brad Sorensen to a reserve/future contract on Tuesday. Originally a seventh round selection in 2013, Sorensen was a member of the 53-man roster his entire rookie year. He was waived during the final roster reduction prior to the start of 2014, but the Chargers re-signed him to the practice squad on Dec. 15.