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Report: Chargers, first-rounder Mathews agree to five-year deal

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By PFW staff

The Chargers agreed to terms on a five-year contract Sunday with 2010 first-round draft pick RB Ryan Mathews, according to ESPN.com. The deal is reportedly worth $25.65 million and includes $15.08 million guaranteed.

Mathews, the 12th overall selection in April, led the nation in rushing yards per game for Fresno State last season, taking 276 carries for 1,808 yards and 19 touchdowns. The workhorse gained 6.6 yards per carry in '09 and finished his collegiate career with a school-record 39 TDs.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 6-0, 218-pound Mathews has "good contact balance and run strength to break tackles and pick up yardage after contact" and "shows vision and patience to hit holes as they open."

Mathews, the second running back taken in this year's draft, is expected to be the Chargers' primary rusher this season, replacing the departed LaDainian Tomlinson.

 

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