San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have signed running back Danny Woodhead this afternoon to a two year contract extension. Danny Woodhead was set to become a free agent at the end of this season, after signing with the San Diego Chargers as a free-agent to a two-year $3.5 million contract.
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Danny Woodhead last season had a career year and was a key reason why the San Diego Chargers were able to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Woodhead led all NFL running backs with six touchdown receptions and was second with 76 catches for 605 yards for the San Diego Chargers. Woodhead also had 106 carries for 429 yards and two touchdowns. Woodhead also provided 262 kickoff return yards to finish the season with 1,296 all-purpose yards.
Woodhead added a dimension on 3rd downs and in the passing game that had been missing in the Chargers offense since Darren Sproles was let go by former GM AJ Smith in 2010.
“Danny is an integral part of our offense,” said General Manager Tom Telesco said in a statement to Chargers.com. “His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future.”
With Ryan Mathews set to become a free agent at the end of the year and his potential replacement in Donald Brown already on the roster, the extension today to Danny Woodhead will give the Chargers a balanced tandem heading into the future.