Chargers sign third-round pick Max Tuerk

The San Diego Chargers signed center Max Tuerk to a four-year contract, the team announced earlier today.

Tuerk was the team’s third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft; the 66th overall selection from the University of Southern California. He becomes the seventh Chargers pick from the 2016 NFL Draft to sign a contract. The only remaining draft pick unsigned is defensive end Joey Bosa (first round).

After the signing of Matt Slauson, Tuerk’s role for his rookie season likely became that of the team’s backup interior lineman. However, with the four-year deal, you can expect that the team is grooming him to eventually take over the role as the team’s starting Center long-term.

Tuerk is still recovering from a knee injury, suffered just five games into his senior season with the USC Trojans, and could potentially start the season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. That would open up another roster spot, for either Chris Watt or Trevor Robinson, to make the 53-man roster at the end of Training Camp.

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