In Barnes, the Chargers add a 6-foot-1, 251-pound fourth-year player who will line up at outside linebacker. He was a fourth-round pick in 2007 and spent his first three seasons in Baltimore and was traded to Philadelphia on Sept. 4 for a seventh-round draft choice. Barnes, waived by the Eagles on Saturday, was signed after the Chargers placed outside linebacker Shawne Merriman on Reserve-Injured, freeing a roster spot.
In three seasons with Baltimore, Barnes tallied 20 tackles, five sacks and an interception off Philip Rivers when the Ravens faced the Chargers in San Diego in 2009. He made three tackles for the Eagles this season. Barnes will wear No. 98 for the Chargers. A Miami native, Barnes is one of the best players ever to wear Florida International University’s jersey. He finished his career there as the school’s all-time sacks leader with 23. A two-time first-team All-Sun Belt choice, he made 224 total tackles during his career with the Golden Panthers.
Windt, a 6-1, 252-pound rookie, becomes the Chargers’ fifth long snapper in 2010. David Binn, James Dearth and Ryan Neill all are on “Reserve-Injured,” and Albright snapped in the Chargers’ last two games.
Windt went to training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 after an outstanding three-year career (2007-09) at the University of Cincinnati. Windt was flawless in 395 career snaps for the Bearcats. He will wear No. 47 for the Chargers.