One of the National Football League’s hardest-hitting safeties, the Chargers made sure Jahleel Addae would be around to deliver plenty more blows by re-signing him to a four-year contract in March, just prior to his becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Nicknamed “The Hitman,” Addae is back to 100 percent after a collarbone injury sidelined him for eight games last season.
Coming off a career-high 65-tackle season in his first year as a starter in 2015, Addae was looking forward to a big year in 2016. He racked up 13 tackles in the Chargers’ first two games, but late in the team’s Week 2 contest vs. Jacksonville, he suffered the collarbone injury, sidelining him for the next eight games. He returned to the starting lineup in late November, just in time to help fuel a win in Houston. He started the last six games, finishing the season with 49 tackles, capping off the year by recording his first NFL interception and returning it 90 yards for a touchdown in the Bolts’ season finale against Kansas City. It was the seventh-longest interception return in franchise history.
Addae joined the Chargers as an undrafted rookie in 2013. He made the opening-day roster primarily as a special teams performer. As he gained the coaches’ confidence, Addae became a defensive regular late in the year. He made a number of big plays late in the season and led the secondary with 13 tackles in the playoffs. When the Chargers beat Kansas City in their regular-season finale to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2009, Addae made a key thirddown pass breakup during the Bolts’ game-winning defensive stand. Then in the postseason, he had a key fumble recovery in the team’s AFC Wild Card Playoff win at Cincinnati and a forced fumble a week later in the divisional playoffs at Denver.
While Addae enjoyed success on the field in 2013, he faced adversity off it. At the same time, he was trying to make inroads with the Chargers, Addae learned that his mother, Jennifer, was battling breast cancer back in their hometown of Valrico, Florida. Thankfully, today she is cancer free. Addae has shown his appreciation for her courage in battling the disease by serving as an honorary chair for the 2014-16 Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure.
Addae’s older brother, Jahmile, was a four-year starter at West Virginia. After a brief NFL career, Jahmile transitioned into coaching, and he is now coaching safeties at the University of Arizona.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 13, 2013...re-signed March 25, 2016.
2016: Injured shoulder late in 38-14 win over Jacksonville Sept. 18...inactive (collarbone) Sept. 25 at Indianapolis, Oct. 2 vs. New Orleans, Oct. 9 at Oakland, Oct. 13 vs. Denver, Oct. 23 at Atlanta, Oct. 30 at Denver, Nov. 6 vs. Tennessee and Nov. 13 vs. Miami... Nov. 27 at Houston, returned after missing eight games with collarbone injury and logged eight tackles...Team Captain Dec. 4 vs. Tampa Bay...first NFL interception 90-yard return for TD Jan. 1 vs. Kansas City...seventh-longest interception return in franchise history.
2015: Inactive Weeks 2-4 (ankle)...left Green Bay game Oct. 18 with back injury...left Kansas City game Nov. 22 in third-quarter with concussion...two passes defensed in 31-25 win at Jacksonville Nov. 29...12-yard sack late in second quarter Dec. 24 at Oakland...late in fourth quarter vs. Raiders, helped send game to overtime by drawing 11-yard intentional grounding penalty against David Carr.
2014: Inactive Weeks 1-2 (hamstring)...fourth quarter sack Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...diagnosed with concussion following Oct. 23 game at Denver...inactive Nov. 2 at Miami, Nov. 16 vs. Oakland and Nov. 23 vs. St. Louis...forced fumble Dec. 7 vs. New England was recovered by Darrell Stuckey and returned 53 yards for touchdown...paced team with career-high 10 tackles Dec. 14 vs. Denver.
2013: Crushing blow to break up third-down pass intended for Kenny Britt Sept. 22 at Tennessee...first-career sack on third-down play early in game Oct. 20 at Jacksonville...broke up third down pass during game-saving overtime stand in Dec. 29 win vs. Kansas City that lifted Bolts into NFL playoffs...third-down fumble recovery in Jan. 5 wild card playoffs at Cincinnati led to field goal and 17-10 lead...third down forced fumble vs. Denver’s Julius Thomas in Jan. 12 divisional playoffs.
COLLEGE: Second Team All-MAC as senior, first-team as junior and third-team as sophomore...CMU’s co-Defensive Player of Year as senior after winning award outright as junior... invited to East-West Shrine Game following senior season... tied for conference lead with four picks as senior and junior... MAC Defensive Player of Week after Miami (Ohio) game in 2012...51 career games with 302 career tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, eight interceptions, 21 passes defensed and three forced fumbles...redshirted in 2008...played at Central Michigan from 2009-12...general management major.
PERSONAL: Born in Tampa, Fla....third-team all-state as senior, second-team all-state as sophomore...two-time all-county running back at Riverview High School in Valrico, Fla.