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San Diego Chargers Make Noise with Signing of Danny Woodhead

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 23:  Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Paul Posluszny #51 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game  at EverBank Field on December 23, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Marcelo VillaCorrespondent IIMarch 15, 2013

Tom Telesco made his biggest move yet as new GM of the San Diego Chargers with the pickup of former New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead.

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss was the first to break the news of Woodhead's two-year deal with the Chargers:

Free-agent RB Danny Woodhead agrees to 2-year deal with the Chargers, per source.

Telesco has stuck by his word so far this offseason by staying fairly quiet in free agency—something a lot of fans are upset about—but the addition of Woodhead has to put a smile on the face of disgruntled Charger fans.

The 28-year-old Woodhead played in 51 games for the Patriots over the course of three seasons, including the postseason.

His versatility as a rusher and receiver out of the backfield made him one of Tom Brady's go-to players in New England's offense.

Woodhead finished 2012 with 76 rushes for 301 yards and four touchdowns on the ground along with 40 receptions for 446 yards and three touchdowns.

What San Diego gets in Wooodhead is obviously his versatility, but more importantly the team has finally found its legitimate No. 2 back to pair with Ryan Mathews.

Philip Rivers also benefits in the deal with the addition of another target to his receiving corps. On passing downs, Woodhead can be that guy to make something out of nothing.

Woodhead also has experience in the return game. In 2011, he returned 20 kicks for a total of 437 yards. 

Now that the offensive backfield has been addressed, the team still needs to put a decent line in front of Mathews and Woodhead to ensure that the duo finds success in 2013.

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