Terrell Manning joins the defensive additions in San Diego


The Chargers sent a pretty clear message about the defensive players that made their initial 53-man roster with a flurry of roster moves on Sunday: They weren’t good enough.

The team announced all of those moves on Sunday afternoon, including the addition of linebacker Terrell Manning. Manning was waived by the Packers on Saturday and he now joins defensive tackle Drake Nevis, defensive lineman Sean Lissemore and linebacker Reggie Walker as new faces on the Chargers defense.

Manning was a fifth-round pick for the Packers last season and had three tackles in five games of mostly special teams work for Green Bay. He couldn’t win a backup spot with them this year, but the Chargers are clearly looking for players to impress them on defense so he’ll have the opportunity for one in San Diego.

Linebacker D.J. Smith, a former Packers teammate of Manning’s, and defensive end Brandon Moore were released and defensive end Damik Scafe was placed on injured reserve to make room for Nevis, Lissemore and Manning. Walker has agreed to terms with the Chargers and the team will need to open another roster spot when he formally signs his deal.

The Chargers also announced tackle Nick Becton, linebacker Thomas Keiser and cornerback Marcus Cromartie have joined the practice squad.