LS David Binn (Jamie Squire/Getty)
The Chargers have announced that long snapper David Binn has agreed to a new four-year contract that will allow him to extend his franchise record for games played. Also on Monday, the Chargers released rookie receiver Greg Bracey and replaced him with receiver Marco Thomas.
David Binn's new four-year contract will allow him to stretch his own franchise record for games played, which currently sits at 223. Binn, 36, is one of the most consistent long snappers in the game and will now stabilize that position for the Chargers through 2011.
Binn earned a Pro Bowl nod after the 2007 season, when he was joined in Hawaii by kicker Nate Kaeding. The success of both Kaeding and punter Mike Scifres is directly related to Binn's pinpoint accuracy.
"Having someone like Dave to go to, talk to and ask questions to and to just have around helps out so much," Scifres said. "It’s so much more relaxing knowing that you’ve got someone that’s been to the Super Bowl and been around the block. He makes it easy."
Binn was one of four starters set to enter the final year of his contract in 2008. Another member of that group, Clinton Hart, signed a new five-year deal earlier this offseason.
That leaves DE Igor Olshansky and RG Mike Goff as the only prominent players left with lame-duck status. The team is currently working on a new deal for Olshansky. Goff, 32, will likely not be back as the Bolts have Scott Mruczkowski waiting in the wings.
The Chargers announced the release of Greg Bracey (6'2", 215 pounds), a rookie receiver from Missouri. He was replaced on the roster by journeyman Marco Thomas, an undrafted rookie in 2007 who's spent time with the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.
Thomas played his college ball at Western Illinois, giving the Chargers two former Leathernecks; Scifres graduated from Western Illinois in 2005.