Kavell Conner hopped a flight, took a look, liked what he saw, and signed a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.
Released by the Indianapolis Colts last week as an unrestricted free agent, Conner chose San Diego for his first, and only, free market visit. He will join former Tigers Marcus Gilchrist and Crezdon Butler as members of the Chargers' defense.
The 27-year-old Conner was drafted by the Colts in the seventh round in 2010. He nailed down a roster spot that preseason, made his mark as a reserve linebacker and special teams regular that season, and then earned a starting job the following season.
He started 15 games and made 104 tackles in 2011, and finished his stint in Indianapolis having started 36 games. His career totals include 236 tackles, one sack, and seven PBUs.
The Chargers had a connection with Conner in the person of general manager Tom Telesco, who was part of the Colts' personnel department when Conner arrived in Indianapolis. San Diego's defensive coordinator, John Pagano, is the brother of Colts' head coach Chuck Pagano.
Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune projects the 6-0, 240-pound as a backup to Chargers' inside linebackers Donald Butler and Manti Te'o.
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