Kavell Conner joins Marcus Gilchrist, Crezdon Butler on Chargers' defense

Fifth-year pro signs three-year contract, after being released as a free agent by Colts

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andre Caldwell, right, is tackled for a loss by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Kavell Conner on a reverse play in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andre Caldwell, right, is tackled for a loss by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Kavell Conner on a reverse play in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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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Xander5000 writes:

You know, if all doesn't work out with the first teams that former Tigers go to, then why not go to somewhere sunny with palm trees, beaches, great weather, great food, good landscapes, beautiful women and good family atmosphere to play football? Heck lets make it The San Clemson Chargers. Go for it free agent Tigers and do your jobs. The rewards will be all around you.

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