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Bolts sign TE McMichael, agree to terms with rookie Crompton

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By PFW staff

The Chargers announced late Thursday that they have signed free-agent TE Randy McMichael to a one-year contract and have agreed to terms with fifth-round draft pick QB Jonathan Crompton on a four-year deal.

McMichael, 30, is a ninth-year veteran who has spent his career with the Dolphins and Rams. He has played in 116 games, starting all but one, and has 367 receptions for 3,996 yards and 22 touchdowns. His best years came in Miami, where he had at least 60 catches in three consecutive seasons from 2004-06. With the Chargers, he's expected to back up Antonio Gates.

"Randy has been a targeted player for us for some time now,” GM A.J. Smith said. "With the departure of Brandon (Manumaleuna) to the Bears, we wanted to sign another veteran. We were hoping that would be Randy. We’re happy it all worked out. We just thought it made good football sense to add a player like Randy. He brings veteran experience and added leadership to our team.”

Crompton, the 168th overall pick in the 2010 draft, will be San Diego's No. 3 quarterback this season. As a senior at Tennessee, he completed 58.3 percent of his passes, threw for 2,800 yards and racked up 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He is the first player the Bolts have signed from this year's draft class.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 6-3, 222-pound Crompton "stands tall in the pocket and can sling it with some zip" but that he "is heavy-footed with marginal escapability and does not feel pressure well."


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