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Chargers plan to exercise 2018 option for Jason Verrett

Cornerback Jason Verrett will remain with the Los Angeles Chargers through the 2018 season, according to general manager Tom Telesco.

Telesco told reporters during his pre-draft news conference at the StubHub Center that the team plans to exercise the fifth-year option on Verrett’s rookie deal.

A first-round selection by the Chargers in the 2014 draft, Verrett earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2015, leading the Chargers with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. However, Verrett suffered a season-ending ACL knee injury last year, missing the final 12 games of the 2016 campaign.

The TCU product has missed a total of 24 games in three seasons. However, with the addition of Casey Hayward, who earned Pro Bowl honors last season, the Chargers have one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL.

“A guy that can play corner the way he can play it, it means a lot in Gus’ system,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said about Verrett. “We like to play that Tampa 3, and we’ll put those guys out there on starting receivers and they’ve got to get it done in press and off coverage. And he’s shown he can play both.”