Chargers land Dallas linebacker

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers jumped into free agency by signing Dallas linebacker Kevin Burnett.
Burnett, who hails from Southern California, chose San Diego over several teams including Oakland and Green Bay. Burnett will likely be given a chance to win a starting job at inside linebacker.

He has four career starts and he started two games for Dallas last season. Burnett is considered an interesting prospect because he is young and he has shown promise. The Chargers had hoped Anthony Waters would blossom into a starter but he was cut this offseason.

The Chargers had been very quiet in free agency as they have been concentrating on restructuring the contract of running back LaDainian Tomlinson. San Diego did visit with safety Jermaine Phillips but he re-signed with Tampa Bay.