Chargers sign Randy McMichael

The San Diego Chargers have filled their need for a veteran backup at tight end, announcing today that they’ve signed Randy McMichael.

“Randy has been a targeted player for us for some time now,” General Manager A.J. Smith said in the team’s statement. “With the departure of Brandon [Manumaleuna] to the Bears, we wanted to sign another veteran. We were hoping that would be Randy.”

McMichael has been a starter for his entire career: He started all but one of the 116 games he played for the Dolphins and Rams since he entered the league in 2002. He can’t compete for a starting job in San Diego as long as Antonio Gates is healthy, but he can see plenty of playing time in two-tight end sets, just as Manumaleuna did.

Last season McMichael, who will turn 31 this month, started all 16 games for the Rams, catching 34 passes for 332 yards.