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Chargers signing Nick Vigil

The former Bengal started all 16 games for Cincy in 2019

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Chargers have made their fourth signing this free agency period by agreeing to terms with former Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil on a one-year deal, per NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Vigil spent the last four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted in the third round out of Utah State in 2016 NFL Draft. Vigil played sparingly as a rookie, only playing in 11 games. He played in 11 games each of the next two seasons, starting 11 and 10, respectively. In 2019, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career, totaling 111 total tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack, one interception, five pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a pair of fumble recoveries.

While Caplan notes above that he will start alongside Perryman, I highly doubt that’s the case. He’ll be in the rotation but I don’t see how Tranquill is as good as he was in ‘19 just to see them sign someone else’s cast-off to play in front of him. Vigil is a good coverage linebacker and should be heavily involved in a rotation. With the Chargers likely to play a ton of Nickel and Dime in 2020, there’s really only two legitimate “starting” linebacker spots on this defense.

I’ll update this article when the contract details are made public.