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Chargers agree to terms with rookie S Alohi Gilman

The 2020 sixth-round pick becomes the first rookie to sign with the team.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 21 Notre Dame at Georgia Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Now that the rookies have arrived at the LA Chargers team facility, the team has finally started to ink their guys. On Tuesday evening, the agent for rookie safety Alohi Gilman, the Bolts’ sixth-round pick this year, announced that his client has agreed to terms with the Chargers.

Yes, I know it’s a tad late, but I prefer to wait until the team officially announces the news before I jumped on it. Since the team did not announce it themselves over the course of the following 24 hours, I decided to not push it off any longer.

Gilman joins a litany of former Notre Dame defenders already with the Chargers, including linebacker Drue Tranquill, defensive end Isaac Rochell, and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. He will also be joined by former Irish defenders Asmar Bilal and Donte Vaughn, both of whom were signed by the team as undrafted free agents.

As a senior in 2019, Gilman started all 13 and finished with 74 total tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and a single sack to go along with an interception, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Gilman will be looking to earn playing time behind starter Derwin James at strong safety while also competing with second-year player Roderic Teamer. Recently, Teamer was suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the team’s substance abuse policy. Fans can also expect Gilman to play a ton of special teams after the Chargers lost a lot of production in the third phase of the game by not re-signing Derek Watt, Adrian Phillips, and Nick Dzubnar.