The San Diego Chargers brought back a key versatile member of their offensive line on Wednesday, re-signing Rich Ohrnberger to a one-year deal.
Last season, Ohrnberger provided vital depth at both guard and center, endearing himself to the fan base with a superb performance in the Wild Card win over the Cincinnati Bengals. After Nick Hardwick suffered an injury in the first quarter, Ohrnberger replaced the captain at center and the team didn’t miss a beat as they went on to a 27-10 victory. Overall, the 6-2, 300-pounder appeared in 13 regular season games with one start while also appearing in both postseason contests.
A popular presence in the locker room, Ohrnberger is a savvy vet who will be entering his sixth NFL season. Originally a 2009 fourth-round pick (123rd overall) out of Penn State by the New England Patriots in 2009, he also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals prior to joining the Bolts in 2013. For his career, he’s appeared in 31 regular season games with five starts.
Ohrnberger now becomes the Chargers’ seventh unrestricted free agent to re-join the team, joining inside linebacker and defensive captain Donald Butler, safety and special teams captain Darrell Stuckey, guard Chad Rinehart, linebacker Reggie Walker, cornerback Richard Marshall and wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu. Butler, Stuckey and Rinehart re-signed their deals before the free agency period started. The Chargers have also signed five unrestricted free agents who previously played for other teams. They include inside linebacker Kavell Conner (Indianapolis), running back Donald Brown (Indianapolis), tight end David Johnson (Pittsburgh), quarterback Kellen Clemens (St. Louis) and cornerback Brandon Ghee (Cincinnati).