Chargers add some beef to their backfield

When the month of August rolls around and you sit down for that much-anticipated fantasy draft, the San Diego Chargers roster is going to look a lot different from what you remember.

Gone are wide receiver Vincent Jackson—who was replaced by former Saint Robert Meachem—and running back Mike Tolbert (for now), whose replacement has just been found.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Chargers have come to an agreement with free agent running back Le’Ron McClain. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com says it’s a three-year deal. Financial particulars have yet to be made available.

The 27-year-old from Alabama spent the first four years of his career in Baltimore before joining the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Known primarily for his skills as a blocker, McClain has carried the ball more than 46 times in a season just once, when he amassed 232 rushing attempts for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Ravens in 2008.

With the way things tend to go in San Diego, the newest member of the Chargers could be headed for a bigger share of the workload than he’s used to.

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