Mebane re-signed with the Chargers on Wednesday on a two-year contract, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The money involved in the deal isn't known, but it's likely that the 34-year-old veteran agreed to a pay cut after receiving a three-year, $13.5 million deal from the Chargers the last time he was a free agent. A valuable leader in the locker room, Mebane should remain a prominent part of the Chargers' defensive-line rotation.
Mebane's representation met with general manager Tom Telesco at the NFL Scouting Combine and discussed the possibility of him returning to the Chargers, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. Mebane will enter unrestricted free agency at the start of the new year, but there's certainly a chance the 34-year-old could return to the Chargers after three productive seasons with the team. Darius Philon and Justin Jones are expected to compete for the starting nose tackle job regardless of whether Mebane returns, so it's likely the veteran defensive tackle will have to return for less than his previous three-year, $13 million contract.
Mebane (personal) will play during Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Patriots, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Mebane sat out last week's win over the Ravens following the tragic loss of his daughter but is expected to suit up versus the Patriots. Justin Jones will likely return to a backup role with Mebane active.
Mebane (not injury-related) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Ravens. The Chargers' nose tackle did not practice this past week while tending to a family matter and was listed as doubtful for the contest. The 33-year-old posted 40 tackles and a sack in 12 games (all starts) during the regular season.
Mebane (personal) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice. Mebane is trending toward retaking the field Saturday against the Ravens after having missed four straight games due to personal reasons. If the 32-year-old practices fully Wednesday and Thursday, he could resume his full workload immediately.
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