Adding depth to the roster, the Chargers and defensive lineman Mitch Unrein agreed to terms on a 2-year, $1.9 million deal. In four years with division rival Denver, Unrein played in 54 games (eight in 2014), starting in three of those. He recorded 49 tackles and no sacks as a defensive tackle.

Unrein is projected to play both at the nose and end positions on the Bolts’ defensive front, adding to this writer’s concerns about how the importance of the nose position seems to be downplayed by Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco. He could also see time at fullback, having scored a touchdown in 2012 when McCoy was Denver’s offensive coordinator.

Unrein joins teammate Orlando Franklin as defectors from the Broncos to the Chargers. He joins wide receiver Stevie Johnson as the newest additions to the squad that were made this week.


What do you think of this signing?


Mike Pisciotta

8 Responses to Chargers agree to terms with Mitch Unrein

  • OPBolt says:

    I like it. No one believes Unrein is a projected starter, and I would be surprised to see him at NT in anything but a serious injury situation. I think we need to improve our bench – you take them when and where you can find them. I like this better than spending many multiple millions of dollars for really old guys who are going to have a hard time holding up.

  • Arnie says:

    He’s a good pickup. There are players that aren’t…pulling their weight. Now about the NT position, Telesco isn’t avoiding it, Pagano isn’t running a “true 3-4” defense. Go back an look, the “NT” is lined up to the left or right of the Center almost 90% of the plays. This is the “hybrid 3-4” in full effect. The Chargers are playing what could be closer to a 4-3, so Mitch fits right in.

  • Jim McNally says:

    He’s just another player nothing more. Don’t think he can play NT. He’s not big or stout enough. Go get a top line center and pick up a D lineman in the draft…

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