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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Chargers pick up former Chief

By Bill Williamson

Though unrestricted free agency doesn't begin until Tuesday, a second AFC West player has swapped teams within the division.

The Chargers announced they have signed linebacker Demorrio Williams to a one-year deal. The eight-year veteran, who was cut by the Chiefs this week, spent the past four seasons with Kansas City. His production slipped dramatically the past two seasons as he fell from a starter to a backup.

Williams will provide depth for Chargers, and could play some special teams. Williams was able to sign elsewhere as soon as he was cut. This modest signing should not preclude the Chargers from signing any of their several in-house priorities or outside priorities.

Last month, Kansas City signed cornerback Stanford Routt 11 days after he was cut by the Raiders.