The Chargers had an open spot on their roster, and they filled it today with veteran Offensive Tackle/Guard Reggie Wells.
The team plans to use him at both the Tackle and Guard positions. Is this an indication of the teams lack of confidence in Tyronne Green? Or their lack of confidence in Jared Gaither returning? Or a lack of confidence in Mike Harris? Possibly. The team had been carrying only 8 linemen to start the season, so it's not exactly a surprise that they signed an offensive lineman.
Standing at 6-foot-4 and 318 pounds, Wells was drafted out of Clarion in the sixth round of the 2003 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He spent seven years with Arizona before being traded to Philadelphia in 2010. In 2011 he was on the Carolina Panthers, and this year he spent training camp with Green Bay.
In his 10-year career, Wells has played in 117 games; and started 91 of those games.
Said Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith:
The fact that we carried eight linemen originally, people knew we were looking for another one, and we found the right guy, and that's Reggie. With the Jared Gaither situation unknown and a day-to-day process, we decided to make the move at this point in time. We will put him in at the guard and tackle positions, and head coach Norv Turner will decide exactly where he fits in for us.