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Chargers restrucuture LB Johnson's contract

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San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, who was due $4 million in salary this year, will instead take a pay cut with a $2 million signing bonus and another $1 million in salary, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

Johnson's restructured deal, gives him more guaranteed money while saving the team $1 million in cap space.

Johnson, 32, was previously set to cost $5.5 million against the cap.

Johnson missed five games in 2013 with hamstring and hand injuries. He recorded 33 tackles and three sacks in 11 games (nine sacks). Johnson joined the Chargers in 2012 after nine seasons in Baltimore.

Earlier Monday, the Chargers agreed to terms on a new two-year contract with guard Chad Rinehart.

The deal is worth $6 million, according to multiple reports.

"I'm excited to be back," Rinehart said in a statement. "All through the process, I was hoping the Chargers and I could come to an agreement. This past season was the most enjoyable of my six-year career. I would like to thank (general manager) Tom (Telesco), (coach) Mike (McCoy) and (owner) Dean (Spanos) for having me back."

Rinehart, a third-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008, played his first season in San Diego last year. He started nine games, including the playoffs. A foot injury forced him to miss five games. The Chargers allowed 30 sacks (tied for fourth fewest in the NFL), ranked fourth with 270.5 passing yards per game and 13th in rushing at 122.8 yards per game.

Rinehart, 28, joins safety Darrell Stuckey and linebacker Donald Butler as three returning veterans to recently sign new contracts with the team.

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