View Full Version : Chargers sign Cowboys UFA ILB Kevin Burnett

03-10-2009, 08:14 PM
*Ugh* Our middle of the field pass D just took a significant hit! Burnett was by far our best coverage ILB(which is why Parcells loved him so much in the 2005 draft).

Pt being that one of the Chargers biggest weaknesses last year, the pass defense middle of the field, has gotten a HUGE boost.


With one move, the Chargers strengthened their defense and special teams Tuesday as linebacker Kevin Burnett, who spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, agreed to terms on a two-year contract with San Diego.

Were excited to have the opportunity to add an outstanding football player to our team, General Manager A.J. Smith said. Kevin has excelled in the kicking game throughout his career and has experience in a defensive system that is very similar to ours. Were glad to have him aboard.

Burnett (6-3, 242) met with Chargers officials last Wednesday and Thursday after visiting the Oakland Raiders earlier in the week. He also spent time in Houston over the weekend and was reportedly courted by the Green Bay Packers before he decided to come to San Diego. His conversations with Head Coach Norv Turner and Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera helped convince him to don the Lightning Bolts.

(Norv and I) sat down and talked about football and talked about how he runs things, Burnett said. I felt like we had a great conversation and San Diego was the best fit for me. Coach Rivera is a great coach as well. He took the time to explain things to me. We had great chemistry as far as a feel for what he was calling and why he was calling it. I cant ask for a better situation.

The past two seasons hes played under former San Diego Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips, and the Chargers run a 3-4 defense similar to the one Phillips installed during his time with the Bolts and currently directs with the Cowboys.

Its very, very similar, Burnett said. Its a lot of the same calls. Obviously people do things different from team to team, but it should be a pretty easy transition.

Burnett tallied 38 tackles and two sacks in 2008, and his 19 special teams tackles were the second most on the squad. He also finished second on the team in special teams tackles in 2006 and tied for third in 2007. While Burnett hopes his move to San Diego gives him a chance to get more involved on defense, hes also open to a role in the kicking game.

If thats what Im called to do, thats what Ill go out there and do, Burnett said.

Burnett grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended high school in Compton. He was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference performer at the University of Tennessee before the Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 2005. The opportunity to get within driving distance of his family was also a key factor in his signing with the Chargers.

Im close to my mother and my grandparents, everybody that I grew up around gets a chance to see me play in person, Burnett said. Its a great situation and Im happy to be a Charger.

Linebacker Kevin Burnett (57) is the newest member of the Chargers organization.

03-12-2009, 05:58 PM
Enter Bobby Carpenter ?