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Chargers free-agent report: Doug Legursky

As we speed toward the beginning of free agency on Tuesday, we continue our player-by-player look at the San Diego Chargers' potential unrestricted free agents with a late addition who played a key role along the offensive line.

OL Doug Legursky

In six NFL seasons, Legursky has played in 64 career games, including 30 starts. Legursky spent his first five NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, the 28-year-old Legursky attended Wilson High School in Beckley, West Virginia, before playing collegiately at Marshall. He was a three-time All-Conference USA selection for the Thundering Herd before signing with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2008.

Chargers career: Legursky signed with the Chargers in September after longtime center Nick Hardwick was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury. Legursky started two games, but was lost for the season after suffering a serious knee injury against the New York Jets on Oct. 5. Legursky played in 128 snaps on offense.

Argument for keeping Legursky: Projected starting center Chris Watt has only started five games at that position in his pro career, and the Chargers could use an experienced hand to step in should the Notre Dame product struggle.

Argument for letting Legursky go: He finished the season with a serious knee injury, so health could be an issue for Legursky. The Chargers also got solid production from restricted free agent Trevor Robinson, who could return to the team in a reserve role at center.

What should happen with Legursky: The Chargers should bring back Legursky on the 90-man roster and let him compete for a spot as a rotational guy along the interior offensive line. He proved a quick study and a good fit in the locker room. As 2014 showed, the Chargers need all of the offensive line depth they can get.