The San Diego Chargers are interested in signing veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who was released by the Buffalo Bills earlier on Friday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
As a vested veteran, Florence is not subject to waivers and is free to sign with any club at any time.
Originally selected by the Chargers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, Florence started 43 of 74 games for the Bolts, totaling 237 tackles and 10 interceptions with 38 passes defensed before signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Florence had a forgettable season in Jacksonville and was signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2009. Withthe Bills, Florence started 45 of 46 games, recorded 168 tackles, seven interceptions --
including two he returned for touchdowns -- and 38 passes defensed.
San Diego has veterans Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason slated to start ahead of 2011 draft choices Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright, but may want to improve their overall depth at the position and increase competition for the nickel cornerback role.