San Diego Chargers sign tight end Dallas Walker

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The former Western Michigan Bronco has taken an unusual path to the NFL.

Dallas Walker, a tight end that played at Western Michigan, went undrafted and then unsigned last April. Not being among the nearly 900 rookies to catch on with a team last year apparently wasn't enough to dissuade Walker from chasing the NFL dream.

Walker has been out of football since college excepting a handful of games played with the Ultimate Indoor Football League's Georgia Rampage, but he managed to impress the Chargers' front office at the Super Regional Combine in Dallas. Per UT San Diego's Michael Gehlken, the Chargers interviewed Walker after his workout and a few hours later he was contacted by his agent and informed of the team's offer. He will be on the field tomorrow for a three-day voluntary minicamp.

It's hard to say what kind of player the Chargers are getting aside from "a big one." Walker stands 6'6" and weighs 245 pounds. His Pro Day last March suggested a quality athlete with decent speed (4.73 40-yard dash), fair strength, and decent enough receiving skills that he was lining up as a wide out for the Rampage this Spring.

It's possible he's little more than a camp body, but he has a more interesting story than most. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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