LA Chargers Announce Free Agency Moves
April 2, 2020
The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms with tackle Bryan Bulaga, cornerback Chris Harris Jr., defensive tackle Linval Joseph and linebacker Nick Vigil.
Bulaga, a 2010 first-round selection, has started 111 regular-season games and an additional 18 postseason contests, all with the Green Bay Packers. As a rookie in 2010, Bulaga blocked along an offensive line that helped the Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. In doing so, the Iowa product became the first rookie in NFL history to start at right tackle in a Super Bowl victory.
Bulaga earned second-team All-Pro recognition from Pro Football Focus while blocking for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2011, Rodgers' first NFL Most Valuable Player season. In 10 seasons on the Green Bay line, Bulaga has blocked for Rodgers to throw 4,000-plus yards six times, including a second NFL MVP season in 2014.
In joining Los Angeles, Bulaga is reunited with Chargers offensive line coach James Campen, who served as his position coach in Green Bay for the first nine seasons of his career.
Signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas in 2011, Harris spent nine seasons with the Broncos, appearing in 139 games with 121 starts. He is one of the most decorated undrafted cornerbacks of all-time, with his four Pro Bowl selections tying with Brent Grimes for the most by an undrafted cornerback since 1989.
Harris was recognized as a first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2016, where he had 63 tackles (57 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble and a recovery. He was a second-team All-Pro the season before when he helped Denver defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
With four career interceptions returned for touchdowns, Harris is just the fifth undrafted player in the last 40-plus years (1978) to total that many pick-sixes.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Joseph has played in 141 career games, including 134 starts, with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. Joseph, New York's second-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, has totaled 525 tackles to date, the most over that span by any interior defensive linemen. In his second season with the Giants and first as a starter, Joseph helped the New York defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Joseph signed with the Vikings prior to the 2014 season and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in 2015 after a 10-tackle performance in Week 9 that included three tackles for loss, becoming just the fourth defensive tackle in Vikings history to win the award.
The Vikings' Defensive MVP for the 2015 season, Joseph started all 93 contests he played with Minnesota, including five in the postseason.
Vigil joins the Bolts after spending the first four years of his career with Cincinnati, working his way from special teams to the team's starter at linebacker. He totaled 111 tackles (60 solo) with a sack, a forced fumble, two recoveries and an interception in 16 starts last season. Vigil had four games in 2019 with at least 11 tackles, including a streak of three-straight contests.
Selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Utah State, Vigil served as a defensive playmaker for the Aggies, earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors in each of his last two seasons. He was the only Football Bowl Subdivision player to be credited with at least nine tackles in every game during the 2015 season.