- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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This guy had been a royal pain to the San Diego Chargers.
They clearly noticed.
The Chargers continued to give quarterback Philip Rivers more weapons by signing Denver free agent Eddie Royal. He will likely be the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in San Diego, depending on the development of second-year receiver Vincent Brown. He was not in the Broncos’ plans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that it is a three-year deal worth $13.5 million with $6 million in guaranteed money.
But the Chargers will get good use out of Royal, who also gives them a threat in the punt return game. San Diego missed a spark in the return game last year with the absence of Darren Sproles.
Royal excelled in 2008 as a rookie, but the former second-round pick failed to match his rookie success after Mike Shanahan was fired following Royal’s rookie season. Shanahan tried to bring Royal to Washington this week, but he was unable to swing it.
Royal has had some big games against the Chargers. He had two punt returns for touchdowns in a Monday night game in San Diego in 2009, and he caught the game-winning touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion in the infamous Ed Hochuli game, which was the second game of Royal’s NFL career.
The addition of Royal is another solid move for the Chargers, who revamped their passing game following the departure of Vincent Jackson to Tampa Bay this week. The Chargers signed New Orleans' Robert Meachem to replace Jackson as the team's No. 1 receiver on Tuesday.