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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 15, 2012

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Chargers try to rebound, add Meachem - Bill Williamson
"Meachem isn’t Vincent Jackson. He is very talented, though, and I do think his most productive football might be in front of him. He also is a deep threat, which is absolutely key in San Diego’s deep passing attack. But, to me, there was only one No. 1 receiver on the market, and he just signed with Tampa Bay."

Chargers add run-stuffing linebacker - Bill Williamson
"He’s tough guy from a great defense in Baltimore, but also was also did benefit from all the great players around him there. But no doubt. Johnson is a fantastic run stopper. He takes away the edge as well as any outside linebacker in the league. But he isn’t much of a pass rusher. I would imagine that he gives way to Antwan Barnes on throwing downs opposite Shaun Philips."

PFF Live Free Agency Reaction Blog: Day 2, 03/14/12 - Site Admin
Adam Caplan reports that Baltimore stalwart Jarret Johnson has signed a 4 year deal with the San Diego Chargers. Johnson has maintained a large role in the Ravens defense throughout their moves between 4-3, 3-4 and hybrid defenses, his versatility was doubtless a major selling point to the Chargers. We charted Johnson playing 15 different positions in various formations for the Ravens last season and whilst he doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher there may be no better OLB in force defense in the league, in either a 4-3 or 3-4 front.

Chargers add force at OLB - Christopher Smith
"First of all, we’re ecstatic. We’re so excited. Even though it’s tough to leave Baltimore and there’s a lot of mixed emotions because I’ve been there so long, we couldn’t be happier with our decision to become a Charger," Johnson said of his family.

Chargers sign big back - Kevin Acee
One of the Chargers' goals this offseason was to fortify their backfield, which meant finding a true fullback as well as a veteran backup running back.

Q&A: Jarret Johnson - Chargers.com
That’s part of what made it so easy. Chuck and I have been tight ever since he got there. I’ve met his brother before. I met John before one of the games a couple years ago and he’s what made this decision so easy. I knew him, I knew about him, I know the kind of guy his brother is, so he’s definitely the type of coach you want to play for.

Chargers solidify left tackle spot - Christopher Smith
"It was a great fit and obviously both of the parties felt that way and we were able to get the contract out of the way and we just look forward to progressing and getting better."

Smith in need of some magic - Scott Bair
The Chargers general manager has to transform the roster back into a playoff team, one of the biggest challenges he has faced since he took over for John Butler in 2003. Smith must make the right moves this offseason. Too many missteps will likely cost him his job.

A.J. Smith didn't just give up - Kevin Acee
Before we get all crazy (too late!) let’s take a deep breath and at least acknowledge that A.J. Smith has a plan.

Bolts to add toughness, sign run-stuffing linebacker - Michael Gehlken
The Bolts added one of the NFL's highest regarded run-stopping veterans Wednesday, agreeing to a four-year contract with steady outside linebacker Jarret Johnson.

Chargers (finally) make splash, reach deal with Meachem - Michael Gehlken
Meachem, 27, was arguably the most intriguing downfield weapon on the market, and the team just missed on him in 2007; he was selected three picks before Buster Davis.