San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 16, 2012

Ex-Bronco Eddie Royal a fit in San Diego - Bill Williamson
The Chargers continued to give quarterback Philip Rivers more weapons by signing Denver free agent Eddie Royal. He will likely be the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in San Diego, depending on the development of second-year receiver Vincent Brown.

Royal addition - Christopher Smith
A shifty 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Royal averages 11.9 yards per punt return for his career, third in the NFL in that span behind Julian Edelman and Devin Hester. Royal’s 16.2 yards per punt return last season tied him with Hester for the league’s best mark, but his 12 returns fell short of the minimum requirement of 20 to qualify.

Eddie Royal agrees to terms - Scott Bair
He fills an important need for the Chargers, who never had a consistent punt returner last season. Antoine Cason and Patrick Crayton took the bulk of those duties, which will now go to Royal. Royal will also be a No. 4 receiver behind Robert Meachem, Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown

Free Agency 2012: The Deal Grader! - Khaled Elsayed
Jarret Johnson to SD: There isn’t a linebacker in the league who sets the edge as well as Johnson. But the Chargers didn’t need a guy to do that, they needed an outside linebacker who could get to the passer. Johnson is not the guy and struggled so much to get pressure the Ravens got him off the field in obvious passing situations. Great player, but this one doesn’t match up.

Chargers in contract talks to keep Mike Tolbert - Evan Silva
Tolbert’s market doesn’t appear to be crawling with suitors, however. The Chiefs signed Peyton Hillis instead of him on Thursday, and Tolbert isn’t known to have taken any other free agent visits.

Report: Patriots Sign Steve Gregory - Greg Knopping
Overall, a solid signing by the Patriots that somewhat reminds me of the Jonathan Fanene deal from yesterday. Gregory is a solid player, and I don't think his addition will deter the Patriots from making further improvements to the secondary.

Chargers make Royal addition at receiver - Michael Gehlken
On offense, Royal is a proven playmaker underneath with breakaway speed. He'll look to rebound from a rough 2011, slowed by groin and toe injuries before suffering a concussion on Dec. 4.

Bolts wrap up free agency's third day - Kevin Acee
The Chargers want to sign the backup back, as it would allow for a sort of breather as they observe the settling of the free agent market and assess where to strike for depth on the offensive and defensive lines.

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