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Chargers re-sign DE Tenny Palepoi for one year

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3/20/2017 7:46:34 PM
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The Chargers retained defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi on Monday, another sign the team believes it can compete without wholesale roster changes, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Palepoi re-signed with the team on a one-year contract, marking the latest move in what has been a relatively quiet free agency period for the Bolts. Aside from acquiring left tackle Russell Okung, signing the former Pro Bowler to a four-year, $53 million deal, the Chargers’ only offseason transactions have been to keep familiar faces.

Since going undrafted out of Utah in 2014, Palepoi has appeared in 29 games as a reserve, missing the entire 2015 season with a fractured foot. He recorded 23 tackles last season in San Diego, as well as 20 pressures and two tackles for loss.

However, the 26-year-old will not be eligible to play in the Chargers’ 2017 season opener. In December, the NFL handed him a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, reportedly testing positive for Adderall. He sat out the final three games last season without pay.

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