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Chad Rinehart
G #78
Height:
6-5
Weight:
321
Age:
28
College:
Northern Iowa
Hometown:
Boone, Iowa
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2013):

G
11
GS
10
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 42 31
2013 SD 11 10
2012 BUF 7 2
2011 BUF 16 12
2010 BUF 4 3
2009 WAS 4 4
2008 WAS 0 0
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 HOU L 28-31
2 @PHI W 33-30
3 @TEN L 17-20
4 DAL W 30-21
5 @OAK L 17-27
6 IND W 19-9
7 @JAC W 24-6
9 @WAS L 24-30
10 DEN L 20-28
11 @MIA L 16-20
12 @KC W 41-38
13 CIN L 10-17
14 NYG W 37-14
15 @DEN W 27-20
16 OAK W 26-13
17 KC W 27-24

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Bio

Rinehart re-signed with the Chargers on March 10, 2014.

When free agency dawned in March 2013, the Chargers wasted little time in bolstering their offensive line with the signing of a veteran player who can line up at either guard spot. The Chargers got just that player in Rinehart, who will play for his former position coaches in Buffalo: offensive line coaches Joe D’Alessandris and Andrew Dees.               

Rinehart was limited to seven games and two starts for the Bills in 2012 due to an ankle injury that landed him on the “Reserve-Injured” list, but in 2011 he played in all 16 games, making eight starts at right guard and four at left guard. During that ’11 season, Buffalo’s offensive line allowed a league-low 23 sacks (third-fewest in team history) and the team’s 4.9 rush average was the league’s fifth-best and tops in the AFC.    

Coming out of college at Northern Iowa, Rinehart was one of the nation’s most highly-touted players. He was from the small town of Boone, Iowa (pop. 12,000) and he fit the mold of the stereotypical corn-fed midwestern offensive lineman. Rinehart actually worked on a corn farm as a youth, baling hay and detasseling corn. The son of a truck driver father and school teacher mother, Rinehart was being sought by the Naval Academy, but he instead enrolled at Northern Iowa as a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman. He had a stellar career for the Panthers, posting a career blocking consistency grade that was the highest of any NCAA Division I-AA player over the previous 15 years. He earned All-America and all-conference honors and was a finalist for the Draddy Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen.         

Rinehart is still a popular figure in his native Iowa. He’s remained active in the community, supporting both the YMCA and the Boone Chamber of Commerce.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (96) by Washington, April 27, 2008...signed with Redskins, July 15...waived Sept. 4, 2010...signed to New York Jets’ practice squad, Sept. 29...released Oct. 12...signed to Buffalo’s practice squad, Oct. 18 and signed to Bills’ active roster, Dec. 7...re-signed with Bills, April 23, 2012...contract expired March 12, 2013...signed with Chargers March 14...Re-signed with the Chargers on March 10, 2014.

2012: Saw reserve action first five games and started at right guard Oct. 14 at Arizona and Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee...injured ankle vs. Titans and placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 2. 2011: Took over for injured Kraig Urbik at right guard in second quarter Sept. 18 vs. Oakland and helped Bills rush for 217 yards while offensive line didn’t allow any sacks...started at right guard Sept. 25 vs. New England and Oct. 2 at Cincinnati...O-line allowed zero sacks and offense generated 448 total yards vs. Patriots...started Games 7-10 at left guard after Adam Levitre took over at left tackle for injured Chris Hairston...started final six games at right guard. 2010: Started season on practice squads of New York Jets and Bills...signed to Buffalo’s active roster Dec. 7 and played final four games, starting last three at right guard. 2009: First-career game and start Sept. 27 at Detroit...started four games, including Dec. 23 at Dallas when he suffered fractured fibula...placed on injured-reserve Nov. 24. 2008: Inactive Games 1-13...active but did not play Games 14-16.

COLLEGE: FCS first-team All-America as senior and second-team as junior...first-team All-Gateway Conference as sophomore, junior and senior...finalist for 2007 Draddy Award given by National Football Foundation to nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen...played in 47 games with 44 starts at left tackle...played at Northern Iowa from 2004-07... sports psychology major.

PERSONAL: Born in Boone, Iowa...two-time second-team all-state and first-team all-district lineman at Boone High School...state qualifier in discus.

Rinehart re-signed with the Chargers on March 10, 2014.

When free agency dawned in March 2013, the Chargers wasted little time in bolstering their offensive line with the signing of a veteran player who can line up at either guard spot. The Chargers got just that player in Rinehart, who will play for his former position coaches in Buffalo: offensive line coaches Joe D’Alessandris and Andrew Dees.

Rinehart was limited to seven games and two starts for the Bills in 2012 due to an ankle injury that landed him on the “Reserve-Injured” list, but in 2011 he played in all 16 games, making eight starts at right guard and four at left guard. During that ’11 season, Buffalo’s offensive line allowed a league-low 23 sacks (third-fewest in team history) and the team’s 4.9 rush average was the league’s fifth-best and tops in the AFC.

Coming out of college at Northern Iowa, Rinehart was one of the nation’s most highly-touted players. He was from the small town of Boone, Iowa (pop. 12,000) and he fit the mold of the stereotypical corn-fed midwestern offensive lineman. Rinehart actually worked on a corn farm as a youth, baling hay and detasseling corn. The son of a truck driver father and school teacher mother, Rinehart was being sought by the Naval Academy, but he instead enrolled at Northern Iowa as a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman. He had a stellar career for the Panthers, posting a career blocking consistency grade that was the highest of any NCAA Division I-AA player over the previous 15 years. He earned All-America and all-conference honors and was a finalist for the Draddy Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen.

Rinehart is still a popular figure in his native Iowa. He’s remained active in the community, supporting both the YMCA and the Boone Chamber of Commerce.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (96) by Washington, April 27, 2008...signed with Redskins, July 15...waived Sept. 4, 2010...signed to New York Jets’ practice squad, Sept. 29...released Oct. 12...signed to Buffalo’s practice squad, Oct. 18 and signed to Bills’ active roster, Dec. 7...re-signed with Bills, April 23, 2012...contract expired March 12, 2013...signed with Chargers March 14...Re-signed with the Chargers on March 10, 2014.

2012: Saw reserve action first five games and started at right guard Oct. 14 at Arizona and Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee...injured ankle vs. Titans and placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 2. 2011: Took over for injured Kraig Urbik at right guard in second quarter Sept. 18 vs. Oakland and helped Bills rush for 217 yards while offensive line didn’t allow any sacks...started at right guard Sept. 25 vs. New England and Oct. 2 at Cincinnati...O-line allowed zero sacks and offense generated 448 total yards vs. Patriots...started Games 7-10 at left guard after Adam Levitre took over at left tackle for injured Chris Hairston...started final six games at right guard. 2010: Started season on practice squads of New York Jets and Bills...signed to Buffalo’s active roster Dec. 7 and played final four games, starting last three at right guard. 2009: First-career game and start Sept. 27 at Detroit...started four games, including Dec. 23 at Dallas when he suffered fractured fibula...placed on injured-reserve Nov. 24. 2008: Inactive Games 1-13...active but did not play Games 14-16.

COLLEGE: FCS first-team All-America as senior and second-team as junior...first-team All-Gateway Conference as sophomore, junior and senior...finalist for 2007 Draddy Award given by National Football Foundation to nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen...played in 47 games with 44 starts at left tackle...played at Northern Iowa from 2004-07... sports psychology major.

PERSONAL: Born in Boone, Iowa...two-time second-team all-state and first-team all-district lineman at Boone High School...state qualifier in discus.

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