Chargers Sign Barnes
The Chargers have signed linebacker Antwan Barnes to the active roster Wednesday and added receiver Kole Heckendorf to the practice squad.
In Barnes, the Chargers add a 6-foot-1, 251-pound fourth-year player who will line up at outside linebacker. He was a fourth-round pick in 2007 and spent his first three seasons in Baltimore and was traded to Philadelphia on Sept. 4 for a seventh-round draft choice. Barnes was waived by the Eagles on Saturday
San Diego signed Barnes after the team placed outside linebacker Shawne Merriman on Reserve-Injured, freeing a roster spot.
In three seasons with Baltimore, Barnes tallied 20 tackles, five sacks and an interception off Philip Rivers when the Ravens faced the Chargers in San Diego in 2009. He made three tackles for the Eagles this season.
Barnes will wear No. 98 for the Chargers.
A Miami native, Barnes is one of the best players ever to wear Florida International University’s jersey. He finished his career there as the school’s all-time sacks leader with 23. A two-time first-team All-Sun Belt choice, he made 224 total tackles during his career with the Golden Panthers.
Heckendorf, 6-foot-2, 191 pounds, was on Detroit’s practice squad in 2009 and went to camp with Seattle this year.