Chargers stick to blueprint with Scifres deal

After concentrating on re-signing many veteran players during the free-agent frenzy this summer, the San Diego Chargers continued their history of keeping their own.

Scout.com reports San Diego has extended the deal of punter Mike Scifres. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the deal will be announced later Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $19 million with $8 million in guaranteed money. The nine-year veteran had been playing on the same contract since 2005.

It has long been the philosophy of San Diego general manager A.J. Smith to extend his own players and build the program from within. Players such as center Nick Hardwick, cornerback Antoine Cason and running back Mike Tolbert could all be considered for new deals in the next several months.

Scifres is considered one of the best punters in the NFL. He was a victim of San Diego’s poor special teams last season when he had four punts blocked and another punt deflected. But he still performed at a high level.