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San Diego Chargers Sign Eddie Royal To 3-Year Deal

The San Diego Chargers have added a wide receiver to help fill the hole left by Vincent Jackson's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, by signing former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal to a three-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

Royal was also reportedly being pursued by the Redskins, but after they signed Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan, it was clear the Chargers had a more pressing need for Royal's services.

Royal will be 26 when the season begins and entering his fifth year in the league. He had statistically his worst season in 2011 as he struggled to get looks with Tim Tebow behind center. He finished with just 19 receptions and less than 200 receiving yards on the year. HIs best season was his rookie year in 2008 when he had 91 catches for 980 and five touchdowns. Royal is also an accomplished punt returner, with 967 career return yards and two career return scores.

For more on Royal and his new team, the Chargers, visit Bolts From The Blue.