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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Chargers lose LB Kevin Burnett to Miami

By Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers lost one of their free-agent targets when inside linebacker Kevin Burnett signed with Miami. Burnett's deal was for four years and $21 million with nearly $10 million in guaranteed money.

While Burnett did have a nice season, there was no way the Chargers were going to pay him that much.

The Chargers could potentially re-sign Brandon Siler. Fellow free agent Stephen Cooper is not expected back. San Diego could also look at former Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett, but they probably wouldn’t overspend for him.

The Chargers did sign Takeo Spikes, who will start at an inside linebacker position. By re-signing several of their own free agents and grabbing the likes of Sproles, Bob Sanders and Travis LaBoy, the Chargers spent a lot of cash and just couldn’t fit in Burnett financially.

Meanwhile, the Chargers’ lone unsigned draft pick is first-round pick Corey Liuget. The Chargers re-signed a key backup.