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Chargers hopeful to keep NT Garay

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By Eli Kaberon

One under-the-radar free agent whom the Chargers are keeping an eye on is NT Antonio Garay. The veteran is a key part of the team's defensive line and is somebody the organization would like to bring back — at a reasonable cost. Garay is 32 and has a history of injuries, and his production dropped a bit last season, from 5½ sacks and nine tackles for loss in 2010 to 2½ sacks and just six stops behind the line in 2011. According to a team insider, the Chargers are optimistic they can retain Garay for the upcoming season without breaking the bank. However, we hear they'd also like to find a younger nose tackle to be part of a rotation with the veteran. Many believe Garay wore down at the end of the year, as he was not used to playing three downs for an entire season. With a capable backup in place, a better rotation would allow the lineman to stay fresh for the entire grind of the year.

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