Chargers add veteran tight end help

The San Diego Chargers made a rare trip into the land of free agency Thursday evening by signing veteran tight end Randy McMichael.

McMichael will provide solid veteran insurance behind star Antonio Gates and replaces Brandon Manumaleuna, who signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent. Manumaleuna was a blocking specialist, while McMichael is a solid receiving option. He had 34 catches for the St. Louis Rams last season.

McMichael, who turns 31 this month, has started all but one of the 116 games he has played and caught at least 60 passes in each season from 2004-2006 while with the Miami Dolphins.

I like this move. San Diego is a team rich in receivers and McMichael will be yet another reliable target for quarterback Philip Rivers. He is also good insurance for Gates, who has had several nagging injuries the past few years.