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Chargers host Jackie Battle for free agent visit

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Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the Chargers hosted running back Jackie Battle for a free agent visit at team headquarters Tuesday.

The Chargers are attempting to replace No. 2 back Mike Tolbert, who signed with the Panthers. While Battle possesses none of the passing-game value Tolbert offered, the former Kansas City Chief is a hard-charging runner with surprising long speed for a 238-pound back.

Battle rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ Week Eight overtime win against the Chargers last season. A 28-year-old career special teamer, Battle has only 190 carries through five seasons in the NFL.

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8 Responses to “Chargers host Jackie Battle for free agent visit”
  1. jsratx says: Mar 20, 2012 6:38 PM

    Eat ’em up, Jackie.

  2. nineroutsider says: Mar 20, 2012 6:49 PM

    I am still baffled by the Tolbert signing in Carolina…why would he do that? He misses the humidity that much?

  3. ndgarretjax says: Mar 20, 2012 6:49 PM

    Tolbert is 26…

  4. glen1904 says: Mar 20, 2012 6:52 PM

    as a backup to Mathews (the worst blocking back in the NFL) its not like they will expect Battle to be in on passing downs and if Mathew goes down he is a big back that can move the chains.

  5. arbiterflick says: Mar 20, 2012 6:54 PM

    I’m not sure I see the reasoning behind this one. I know it’s as depth/insurance if Ryan Mathews, who should be getting all of Tolbert’s carries, doesn’t stay healthy – but wouldn’t it be better to sign a RB who can do something Mathews can’t do well, like pass protect?

  6. yelix says: Mar 20, 2012 6:55 PM

    Battle is pretty good. Kinda hoped the Chiefs would keep him, but Charles, Hillis, McCluster, and maybe a rookie will be alright.

  7. lbraiders says: Mar 20, 2012 6:59 PM

    Hope the Chargers sign them because they both suck raider nation baby !!

  8. dirtybird28 says: Mar 20, 2012 7:01 PM

    What about Michael Bush? Maybe a low-money deal?

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