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Chargers sign WR Griff Whalen

The Chargers have signed a former Colts wideout in the wake of Danny Woodhead’s injury.

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The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a deal with former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Griff Whalen. The team also announced that running back Danny Woodhead will be heading to the injured reserve.

With Woodhead’s roster spot open, the Chargers felt that the team needed some depth at receiver as two of Rivers’ favorite targets are done for the year.

This is an odd move for San Diego who is now extremely thin at running back. Woodhead and Branden Oliver will not play in 2016. That leaves Kenneth Farrow and Andre Williams to play behind Melvin Gordon. With players like CJ Spiller and former Chargers back Donald Brown available, this move should be considered a surprise.

Whalen is nothing more than depth at the receiver position but he does have some kick return ability which could help the Chargers. He spent the past three seasons with the Colts where he caught 45 passes for 487.

It’s also important to remember that the Chargers play the Colts this week and Whalen is familiar with their system. It’s common place in the NFL to see the opposition bring in a player who has recently been released, so maybe that’s what the Chargers are getting at.

Regardless of the reason for signing Whalen, finding a replacement for Woodhead should be on the top of the Chargers list now.