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Chargers sign Mario Henderson

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The San Diego Chargers have picked up some depth on their offensive line with the signing of free-agent tackle Mario Henderson.

The team announced on Friday that Henderson has signed a one-year deal.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Henderson is a talented athlete who was a third-round pick of the Raiders out of Florida State in 2007. He became a full-time starter in 2009, but in 2010 he lost his spot in the starting lineup. In March of 2011 he was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, and he reportedly got out of shape during the lockout, and he didn’t play in the NFL at all last season.

If Henderson is in shape and motivated, he could be a solid addition to San Diego’s offensive line. If not, he probably won’t make the roster.

The Chargers also announced that guard Brandyn Dombrowski and long snapper Mike Windt, both of whom were restricted free agents, signed one-year contracts.

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29 Responses to “Chargers sign Mario Henderson”
  1. sbxxix says: Apr 13, 2012 3:03 PM

    Players in the AFC West must really love their division. It seems last these guys bounce around the four teams like beach balls at a Nickelback concert

  2. whatnojets says: Apr 13, 2012 3:10 PM

    “Henderson, a 6-foot 7-inch offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders, is larger than most people. The police officer requested the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s transport van to take him to the FMPD station, but it was unavailable.

    The officer asked Henderson if he wanted to walk the four blocks to the station, or lay in the back seat of the patrol vehicle for the ride.

    Henderson chose to lay down in the back of the patrol car.”

  3. hsatpft says: Apr 13, 2012 3:13 PM

    Lane Kiffin would try to motivate Henderson by calling him “Super Mario” in public. The sarcasm didn’t work.
    Teams get better looks at players on other teams in the same division than they get at other players around the NFL.

  4. jluns275 says: Apr 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    Be careful there, Norv Turner. Remember when you try to cut Henderson, he’s packing.

  5. philvil41 says: Apr 13, 2012 3:47 PM

    As aRaider fan, I hope he starts at left tackle for S.D.Big mouth Rivers won’t last long if that’s the case.

  6. gitchogameon says: Apr 13, 2012 3:55 PM

    Awe, what’s wrong wrong Mr. Smith truth hurts?

  7. rayguyreturns says: Apr 13, 2012 4:03 PM

    “if Henderson is in shape and motivated….”
    ____________________________________
    said the Dreamer to the Optimist

  8. sariff420 says: Apr 13, 2012 4:19 PM

    Wrong Mario

  9. turrriblejustturrrible says: Apr 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    What in the hell is going on in that picture?? That’s some strange S#@t!!!

  10. dougydougdoug says: Apr 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    That’s the second non-Mario Mario the Chargers have picked up. Too bad they didn’t just get the real Mario when he was still available.

  11. bwisnasky says: Apr 13, 2012 4:41 PM

    Actually had his good moments, and his turnstile moments…. could never quite figure the guy out… I’ve seen him stone some of the best rushers in the league, and then saw him let your average 12th grader make him look stupid. My guess is he won’t make the roster…. It’s hard enough for a normal sized human to take a year off from football… for a big man? And one that wasn’t all pro to begin with? In any case, wish him good luck except the 2 games against his former team every year.

  12. humb0lt says: Apr 13, 2012 5:00 PM

    Welcome to the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express, Mario.

  13. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 13, 2012 5:00 PM

    This guy is about as undisciplined as any, talent was peeking out at times, but Tom Cable spent every ounce of energy just to get the guy to play at an “ok” level.

  14. joetoronto says: Apr 13, 2012 5:25 PM

    They signed Super Mario? lol

    Another great move by the lord of no rings, AJ Smith.

    Here comes the annual preseason Super Bowl Express!

  15. toolnutz says: Apr 13, 2012 5:27 PM

    I hope Mario makes the team and plays left tackle. Raiders will feast on Rivers.

  16. toolnutz says: Apr 13, 2012 5:39 PM

    Another great move by the lord of no rings, AJ Smith.

    ============================

    You mean the no ring circus?

  17. radrntn says: Apr 13, 2012 5:42 PM

    goota love dumbolt…here we go again to the chargers winning a superbowl, only not to be heard from after week 5 of the season

  18. gogetmtiger says: Apr 13, 2012 5:49 PM

    The chargers already have a left tackle you Idiots!! A beast named Gaither.

  19. raiderapologist says: Apr 13, 2012 6:01 PM

    humb0lt says: Apr 13, 2012 5:00 PM

    Welcome to the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express, Mario.

    Ah yes, the Super Bowl Express. Scheduled for derailment for the 47th year in a row.

  20. siaaa says: Apr 13, 2012 6:24 PM

    Wow, AJ is going all out with these great big name free agent signings. i guess its really because the team is perfect as it is. they dont really need anymore talent on that amazing roster he’s managed to put toghether.
    chargers 6-10 this year at best.

  21. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 13, 2012 7:17 PM

    Given his propensity for concealing weapons, was Henderson hired as a bodyguard for A.J. and Norv- sooner or later a mob of fans are gonna corner those two.

  22. dannymac17 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:03 PM

    Ah yes, JoeToronto right on schedule.

    Howd last season turn out for you Joe?

    Oh? Whats that? The Chargers did what to the Raiders playoff hopes?

    Totally forgot huh?

  23. raiderapologist says: Apr 13, 2012 8:24 PM

    dannymac17 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:03 PM

    Ah yes, JoeToronto right on schedule.
    Howd last season turn out for you Joe?
    Oh? Whats that? The Chargers did what to the Raiders playoff hopes?
    Totally forgot huh?

    Congrats on your big win. “Spoiler” is the only trophy the Chargers own, and they have to present it to themselves. The Commish doesn’t hand those out, because like everyone else, he doesn’t care.

  24. huejackson says: Apr 13, 2012 9:22 PM

    Talented and Mario Henderson should not be in the same sentence EVER.. He is honestly the worst OL men I ever seen play in the NFL…
    He cant stop anybody so he just holds them… There is no way Chargers keep him.. Mark my words he will be out of the NFL by week 1

  25. dannymac17 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:35 PM

    i love when Raider trolls make their way to Charger related posts. Hope you have a good draft or at least a good view of it cause you got nothing.

  26. mullman7675 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:05 AM

    Why so angry daniel? Has the chronic underachieving of your beloved bolts finally making you snap? Is it the 50+ year drought of no rings or the 40 years of backhands the Raiders have been passing out to the chargers that have you all bunched up. Relax, the bolts will be at the bottom of the division soon enough and your sundays will be stress free.

    Don’t forget the most important rule charger fans: Nobody remembers regular season wins. Playoff wins and superbowl victories make legendary franchises.

  27. dasmol says: Apr 14, 2012 1:36 AM

    dannymac17
    “Oh? Whats that? The Chargers did what to the Raiders playoff hopes?”

    Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

  28. joetoronto says: Apr 14, 2012 5:54 AM

    Keep dusting that empty trophy case, losers.

  29. raiderapologist says: Apr 14, 2012 9:40 AM

    dannymac17 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:35 PM

    i love when Raider trolls make their way to Charger related posts. Hope you have a good draft or at least a good view of it cause you got nothing.

    “you got nothing” is actually the answer to the question: What did the Charger fan find in his team’s trophy case? You should be grateful for Raider fan coming in here and making your Charger related posts appear more interesting than they really are.

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