Posted: 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013
By Patrick Vint
The San Diego Chargers signed second-round pick Manti Te'o and three other draft picks Thursday, on the eve of rookie minicamp. No details were immediately available as to the salary or terms of Te'o's contract.
The Chargers took Te'o, the 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up, after trading up for the sixth pick of the second round. He is expected to become the team's starting middle linebacker as a rookie. Te'o was widely considered a first-round player following his senior season at Notre Dame, but saw his draft stock plummet after a lackluster performance against Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, the shocking revelation that he had been the victim of an elaborate catfishing scheme, and a combine performance that left Ravens coach John Harbaugh visibly unimpressed.
The Chargers also signed wide receiver Keenan Allen, linebacker Tourek Williams, and quarterback Brad Sorensenon Thursday. First-round selection D.J. Fluker has not yet signed a contract, but is expected to participate in preseason activities, including Friday's minicamp.