The San Diego Chargers agreed on a one-year contract with running back Jackie Battle on Friday. Battle joins the Chargers after spending the last five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 6-2, 238-pound runner and special teams standout came to the NFL and the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007 out of the University of Houston. In 2011 he made significant contributions as a ball carrier, rushing for 597 yards and two touchdowns while adding nine receptions for 68 yards. Battle has rushed for 715 yards and four touchdowns on 190 carries during his NFL career.
The Chargers also agreed on a one-year contract with defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin on Friday.
Franklin, a 10-year NFL veteran from the University of Tennessee, joins the Chargers after spending the 2011 season with the New Orleans Saints, where he started nine games and recorded 17 tackles. The 6-1, 317-pound nose tackle has 204 career tackles and has not missed a game since the 2007 season.
Prior to his time in New Orleans, Franklin spent four years with the San Francisco 49ers, where he started 60 of 64 games in 2008 and recorded a career-best 46 tackles. Franklin joined the 49ers after spending his first four years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Franklin was a fifth-round selection (146th overall) by the Ravens in the 2003.