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Chargers sign Atari Bigby to two-year contract

Atari Bigby,  Early Doucet

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Atari Bigby (27) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet (85) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)


The Chargers announced Friday night that they have finalized a two-year deal with safety Atari Bigby.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a $2.5 million deal that could max out at $4.5 million.

Bigby is a physical, 30-year-old defensive back who could compete with a draft pick for the Chargers’ starting strong safety job. The Union-Tribune San Diego has reported that Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith is a “huge fan” of Notre Dame strong safety Harrison Smith, and might consider him in the draft’s second round.