The Chargers agreed to a three-year deal with LB Takeo Spikes, the team announced Tuesday evening. He will sign his contract Friday.
"He is an outstanding player. Takeo will bring his physical, aggressive style to our defense," said GM A.J. Smith. "I love his competitiveness and instincts. I believe he will be an immediate contributor. To me, this is another Randall Godfrey type move for the Chargers."
Spikes is entering his 14th season in the NFL. He finished with 109 tackles and three interceptions last season with the 49ers.
The Chargers also announced signing S Bob Sanders to a one-year contract. Sanders, the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year, had spoken with the team before the lockout, making Tuesday's move merely a formality.