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Chargers sign former Bears offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood

Chargers sign former Bears offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Chargers announced they signed former Bears offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood on Wednesday.

The Bears claimed Leatherwood, 25, off waivers during the 2022 season as part of their league-leading number of waiver claims. They hoped to rejuvenate the 2021 first-round draft pick, who the Raiders placed on waivers.

With the Bears, he played in just four games and 32 snaps, 14% of offensive snaps in those games. He played 11 snaps on special teams, too. They took a flyer on the top-tier Alabama prospect who played left tackle on one of the nation's best offensive lines.

The Raiders didn't see a fit for him after he played and started in all 17 games during his rookie season, too. Now, he'll try to find a place with the Chargers under the new head coach, Jim Harbaugh. The Chargers notably drafted Notre Dame tackle Joe Alt with the No. 5 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Leatherwood did not play during the 2023 NFL season.

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