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Mike Scifres, Chargers agree on five-year extension

Brandon Myers, Mike Scifres, Hiram Eugene

San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres, right, has his punt blocked by Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers (83) that Raiders’ Hiram Eugene, rear, returned for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


The Chargers overhauled much of their special teams unit after last season, but they have no problem with punter Mike Scifres.

Aaron Wilson of is reporting that Scifres reached an agreement with the team on a five-year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $19 million with $8 million in guaranteed money for Scifres, who is entering his ninth season with the Chargers.

Scifres, a fifth-round pick in 2003, posted the highest gross average of his career in 2010, but the weakness of the Chargers’ overall special teams units worked against him. He had four kicks blocked and saw opponents average nearly 19 yards per punt return. The Chargers hired Rich Bisaccia to take over the special teams this season, something that Scifres probably appreciates after the subpar play of 2010.