Vasher close to reunion with familiar faces in San Diego

Originally, the plan for the Chicago Bears was to take Nathan Vasher with them to training camp.

But sometime between the scouting combine and 10 days ago, general manager Jerry Angelo did a U-turn and the club released the veteran cornerback. Now, he’s close to rejoining some familiar faces. A source close to Vasher said he is near a deal with the San Diego Chargers.

The move makes sense. The coaching staff will have a comfortable feel for the player and vice versa. Vasher played for Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and defensive backs coach Steve Wilks with the Bears. Rivera has surrounded himself with some familiar faces in San Diego. He also has ex-Bears defensive line coach Don Johnson with him and when nose tackle Jamal Williams was lost to injury last season, the Chargers used ex-Bears Alfonso Boone and Ian Scott to help fill the void.

Vasher’s career with the Bears was derailed by injuries. He signed a $28 million, five-year extension in the summer of 2007 and shortly after that he suffered a badly torn groin muscle. He needed wrist surgery during the middle of the 2008 season and started just 11 games over the last three seasons, losing his job to Zack Bowman last season. He was due to make a base salary of $2.95 million this season and the Bears were not going to pay him that much to be a reserve.

With the Chargers, Vasher would find a fresh start and they are in need of depth after trading the talented but often distracted Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets.

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