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Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers strike 3-year deal

The San Diego Chargers have made their first foray into free agency.

A source informed of the deal tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport the Chargers have agreed to terms with former Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown. The contract is for three years at $10.5 million with $4 million in guarantees, reports the U-T San Diego.

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Although the move gives the Bolts a high-level backfield, it's surprising that a team with so many needs is spending quality money at a position already more than capably manned by Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

General manager Tom Telesco obviously has a soft spot for Brown, as he was in the Colts' front office when the UConn star was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Viewed as an injury-prone bust through four NFL seasons, Brown bounced back as an effective lead-horse in 2013, overtaking Trent Richardson for the starting job down the stretch.

The signing does give the organization a bit of insurance for -- and leverage against -- Mathews, who is a candidate for an extension in the final year of his rookie contract.

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys study the free agency picture with the help of NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

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