Manti Te'o is officially a San Diego Charger.
When Te'o steps on the practice field Friday for the Chargers’ minicamp, he will do it as a signed member of the team. The middle linebacker from Note Dame was one of four San Diego draft picks to sign with the club Thursday night. Joining Te’o on the dotted line were receiver Keenan Allen, defensive lineman Tourek Williams and quarterback Brad Sorensen.
They are the first draft picks in the division to sign. Because of the new CBA, rookie contracts take little negotiation time.
Te’o’s signing shows he is ready to put a tough start to 2013 behind him and focus on starting his NFL career. The Chargers took Te’o with the No. 38 overall pick in the draft. He was originally expected to be a top-10 pick.
But Te’o tumbled in the draft after a poor showing against Alabama in the national title game, a bizarre hoax involving a dead fake girlfriend and a low 40-yard dash.
Still, the Chargers have high hopes for Te’o. He is expected to start at an inside linebacker spot as a rookie. Now that he has signed, that is the next goal for Te’o.