San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers continued to add to their cornerback depth this morning, as they have signed free-agent cornerback Lowell Rose.
Before signing Lowell Rose the Chargers had 89 players and had room to sign someone another player to 90-man roster.
The Chargers now have 11 cornerbacks on the 90-man roster in Jason Verrett , Steve Williams, Marcus Cromartie, Brandon Ghee, Brandon Flowers, Shareece Wright, Richard Marshall, Crezdon Butler, Chris Davis, Greg Ducre and Lowell Rose.
According to UT-San Diego’s Tom Krasovic this is likely a move to increase the Chargers depth at cornerback with Marcus Cromartie sitting out the last few practices and rookie Jason Verrett still recovering from shoulder surgery and not taking part in team drills.
Lowell Rose signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free-agent last season out of the University of Tulsa. At Tulsa Rose was a two-year starter with 113 tackles and three interceptions.
Rose was released by the 49ers this off-season and signed with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League and the New York Jets. The Jets released Rose last week at the start of training camp.
Lowell Rose is considered a versatile cornerback that is also capable of playing safety due to his solid tackling ability. Rose also adds a bit of size at 6-foot-1 to a group of athletic cornerbacks that lack size.
Rose despite being an intriguing prospect will have a difficult time making the Chargers roster due to the vast amount of talent at the cornerback position. Jason Verrett , Brandon Flowers and Shareece Wright are expected to be the team’s starters at cornerback. Brandon Ghee, Richard Marshall and Steve Williams, who the Chargers have been very impressed with are expected to be the backups.
Rose will have to compete against Crezdon Butler, Greg Ducre and college football legend Chris Davis, who has also been extremely impressive so far in training camp for the final cornerback spot on the roster.