EVERYBODY STAND DOWN! The Los Angeles Chargers have signed themselves a kicker!
Former Miami and Philadelphia kicker Caleb Sturgis has signed a two-year deal with the team.
OFFICIAL: We've signed kicker Caleb Sturgis to a two-year contract.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) March 16, 2018
Last year, Sturgis was placed on injured reserve by the Eagles, after suffering a hip injury in the first game of the season. However, during his five years in the league, the 28-year old has completed 111 out of 137 field goals. An average of 81-percent, a number that has risen every year.
Before the Chargers brought Sturgis in for a visit, they tried out former Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski. The 40-year old, coming off a back injury, also saw little time in 2017.
With the signing of Sturgis, LA now has more kickers than quarterbacks on their roster. Nick Rose saw time as the team’s fourth kicker in ’17, and former second round pick Roberto Aguayo, was signed in January.
It wasn’t the only reason, but the kicking situation of last season, was a big reason why the Chargers didn’t make it to the postseason. Hopefully this year, we won’t have to be talking about the position that much.
In other free agency moves, the team is set to host a visit for former Miami center Mike Pouncey. He is set for a number of visits elsewhere, but the Chargers will be first.
–Thomas Herd is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the Los Angeles Chargers. Follow him on Twitter @chargers_uk.