San Diego, California - The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday it signed multi-talented running back Dexter McCluster. To make room for McCluster on the roster, the Chargers waived wide receiver and kick returner Isaiah Burse.
The versatile McCluster is a 5-8, 170-pound back out of Mississippi who has played six NFL seasons with Kansas City (2010-13) and Tennessee (2014-15). A former second-round pick of the Chiefs (36th overall), McCluster is an experienced running back, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner who has scored 12 career touchdowns, including three as a punt returner. Chargers fans will remember McCluster’s first NFL game in 2010 when he returned a punt 94 yards for a score in the Chiefs 21-14 season-opening victory.
McCluster was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and earned second-team All-Pro honors after leading the NFL with 686 punt return yards while returning two punts for touchdowns. His career totals include 247 carries for 1,040 yards (4.2 avg.) with two touchdowns; 229 receptions for 1,957 yards (8.5 avg.) with seven touchdowns; 125 punt returns for 1,331 yards (10.6 avg.) and three touchdowns, and 65 kickoff returns for 1,372 yards (21.1 avg.). He is a three-time AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
A native of Largo, Florida, McCluster played collegiately at Ole Miss. He was a two-time All-SEC performer who racked up 4,089 all-purpose yards, second in school history. A third-team All-America as a senior, McCluster twice was named MVP of the Cotton Bowl.
The Bolts also added a tight end to the practice squad, signing Austin Traylor, a rookie from Wisconsin who went to training camp with Dallas as an undrafted free agent. To make room for Traylor on the practice squad, the Chargers released tackle Austin Shepherd.