San Diego Chargers sign defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews


San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have signed defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews to their 53-man roster.

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Yesterday the Chargers waived running back Marion Grice to make room on the 53-man roster for recently signed defensive lineman Ricardo Mathews.

Ricardo Matthews was drafted by Chargers general manager Tom Telesco in 2010 as a seventh-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts.

Ricardo Mathews started six games and had 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks in four seasons with  Indianapolis Colts. Ricardo Mathews signed with the Houston Texans this off-season and in April and spent the entire pre-season with the Houston Texans, until he was released on Sunday.

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  • According to the House of Houston:

    "Mathews, 27, a four-year veteran was signed by the Texans in April and had made impressive strides to make the team. He sacked Peyton Manning for Pete’s sake! But with Jerrell Powe being the presumptive starter and with Louis Nix III back in the fold from injury, the Texans were not going to cut this year’s third-round draft pick leaving Mathews the odd man out. Mathews had previously appeared for four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts but was used very little. He had six tackles and one sack in the preseason. I do think Mathews is extremely useful and I’m sure he will latch on to a team that utilizes the waiver wire to address their needs."

    Ricardo Mathews be a versatile back-up behind Sean Lissemore on the Chargers defensive line.

    The Chargers were lacking depth on the defensive line due to injuries to Kwame Geathers, Sean Lissemore, Lawrence Guy, Damik Scafe, Ryan Carrethers and the loss of undrafted rookie defensive end Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe for the season due to a torn ACL.