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Chargers re-sign Jared Gaither to four-year deal

Jared Gaither

Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Jared Gaither watches workouts during their NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif., Friday, July 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the Chargers have re-signed tackle Jared Gaither to a four-year contract.

Though possessing a checkered medical and off-field history, Gaither is one of the most impressive young left tackles in pro football. The 6-foot-9, 340-pound lineman is only 26 years old and solidified the position down the stretch in San Diego last season. Gaither was filling in for Marcus McNeill, whom the Chargers released on Tuesday.

Gaither has the potential to be better than McNeill, perhaps much better. He was the No. 5 overall player on PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agency list.