San Diego Chargers Sign Veteran LB Derek Smith
Derek Smith lands in S.D.
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The 49ers released Smith last week, making him an unrestricted free agent and eligible to sign immediately with another team. Smith will compete for playing time against incumbent starts for the Chargers Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm, the team's leading tacklers. Cooper had a team-leading 179 tackles, while Wilhelm had 144 tackles. It's certainly not a lock Smith makes the final roster. The Chargers should again be among the elite teams in the league.