LB Wilson signs free-agent deal with Chargers

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USF middle linebacker Kion Wilson, passed over in this weekend's NFL draft, has signed a free-agent contract with the San Diego Chargers and will report to minicamp on May 6.

"They're short at middle linebacker, and they run a 3-4 defense, so that's two spots I can step in and contribute at," said Wilson, who led the Bulls with 105 tackles as a senior and was named a first-team All-Big East selection by the league's coaches.

Wilson said he also talked extensively with the Bills and Seahawks, but made the call to try his luck with San Diego, whose front office personnel had talked to him at the NFL combine workouts in Indianapolis. The Chargers drafted one linebacker, taking Washington's Donald Butler in the third round.

Wilson had hoped to be drafted, but with the long odds that low-round draft picks can face to make a team's roster, being a free agent allowed him to pick an optimal situation from across the league.

Wilson is the sixth member of USF's rookie class to link up with an NFL team, joining a record five Bulls draft picks -- defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants), safety Nate Allen (Eagles), cornerback Jerome Murphy and George Selvie (Rams) and receiver Carlton Mitchell (Browns).

Quarterback Matt Grothe could be joining that group soon, as his agent, John Phillips, said Saturday evening that he's working to find the best match for Grothe as a rookie free agent.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:24am]

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