Mat McBriar

Chargers Sign Mat McBriar

6:36pm: To make room for McBriar, the Chargers have released center Jeff Baca, reports Eric Williams of (Twitter link).

6:06pm: Two days after Chargers punter Mike Scifres suffered a broken clavicle against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football, San Diego has found its replacement, signing former Cowboys punter Mat McBriar, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. McBriar, a veteran of 11 NFL seasons, has also spent time with the Broncos, Seahawks, Eagles, Steelers, but most of his career has been spent in Dallas, where he played from 2003-11.

McBriar, a 35-year-old Australian native, was undrafted out of Hawaii in 2003. He led the league in yards per punt in both 2006 and 2010, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in both years. At one point, he was the highest-paid punter in the league, having signed a five-year, $8.5MM extension with the Cowboys in 2007. McBriar last saw NFL action during the latter portion of the 2013 season, when Pittsburgh signed him to replace Zoltan Mesko.

The Chargers currently have a full 53-man roster, meaning they’ll have to make a transaction to free space for McBriar. The club doesn’t plan to place Scifres on injured reserve because it believes he can return for the postseason, so San Diego will presumably carry two punters for now.

Workout Notes: Chargers, Texans, Lions, Jets

The Chargers are on the lookout for a running back after losing Danny Woodhead to a season-ending injury, and it looks like the team is close to adding one. A number of free agents auditioned for the club today, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter), while Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link) identifies D.J. Adams as one of the participants. Adams, who was most recently with the Cowboys, spent a month with the Chargers earlier in the offseason.

As we wait to see which player takes Woodhead’s roster spot in San Diego, let’s round up a few more updates on workouts around the league….

  • As first reported by Ian Rapoport of (via Twitter), the Texans took a look at a handful of free agent punters today in case Shane Lechler misses any time. Lechler is day to day with a hip flexor, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter), who also has the list of players who worked out for the club. According to McClain, the Texans brought in Mat McBriar, Zoltan Mesko, Brian Moorman, and Kasey Redfern.
  • Wilson reports (via Twitter) that veteran linebacker Pat Angerer auditioned today for the Lions, who are eyeing linebacker help after losing Stephen Tulloch for the season. Angerer has worked out for the Jets, Saints, and Rams since being released at the end of August by the Falcons.
  • Safety Jamarca Sanford, who was placed on injured reserve and then cut by the Vikings earlier this month, worked out today for the Jets, according to Wilson (via Twitter).
  • The Giants tried out about six players today, including safety Jawanza Starling, tweets Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.