By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State tight end/fullback Richie Brockel has agreed to a free-agent contract with the San Diego Chargers, he said Saturday afternoon.
Brockel will play tight end for the Chargers, he said. He had been considered a prospect at fullback.
“They talked about me fitting into a very similar role to what I did in Boise,” Brockel said, “a lot of shifting, motioning, lining up at wing, lining up at fullback. That’s why they liked me so much.”
The Chargers called Brockel midway through the seventh round, he said. After the draft, they called again and he was able to talk to coach Norv Turner.
Other teams contacted Brockel’s agent, he said, but the Chargers were the only team he dealt with directly.
The Chargers drafted Miami tight end Dedrick Epps over Brockel in the seventh round. They also have veterans Antonio Gates and Kris Wilson.
The Chargers told Brockel they will bring five tight ends to training camp and keep four, he said.
The first mini-camp is about two weeks away. That will be Brockel’s first football practice since a foot injury ended his senior season in November — and dashed his draft hopes.
“I’m excited to stop just working out and start playing a little football again,” he said. “… I just like getting out at practice, running around and having fun.”