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San Diego Chargers First-Round Pick Corey Liuget Signs Four-Year Deal

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Corey Liuget, #18 overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Jay BrownContributor IAugust 4, 2011

After almost two weeks of contract talks, the San Diego Chargers added the final piece of the puzzle on Thursday as first-round draft pick Corey Liuget agreed to terms on a four-year contract.

According to NFL.com's first-round draft pick signing tracker, Liuget was one of three final holdouts as both Chargers general manager A.J. Smith and Liuget's agent ironed out the final details of his contract.

Under the new rookie salary system, all first-round draft picks contracts are a mandatory four years with a team option for the fifth year.

Both sides were having trouble agreeing on whether the fourth year of the contract would included guaranteed money.

According to NFL.com's first-round draft pick signing tracker, terms of his deal were not released.

Liuget had been seen around Chargers Park during the first few days of training camp, however had been absent from the facility since last Thursday night. This morning, he showed up at Chargers Park and signed his contract a little before 10:30am.

With that being said, Liuget could make his first appearance in a Chargers uniform during tonight's practice.

The first chance fans would be able to see Liuget will be at FanFest 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium or the next scheduled Chargers practice that will be open to the public will be on Aug. 8.

During his contract holdout, Liuget missed seven training camp practices not including the numerous walk-throughs and meetings that players participate in.

The Chargers selected Liuget with the 18th overall in pick in the 2011 NFL draft back in April.

Liuget, who played at the University of Illinois, left school after his junior year to enter the NFL draft.

He was slated to be the starter at right defensive end. However, with his prolonged absence from training camp the Chargers looked to having a backup plan and re-signed nine-year veteran defensive lineman Jacques Cesaire.

The move will give the Chargers added depth on the defensive line and provide insurance until Liuget is ready to play.

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