Charlie Whitehurst is returning to the team that traded him to the Seahawks two years ago.
The Seahawks’ backup QB the past two seasons has agreed to terms to rejoin the Chargers, the team’s website is reporting. The Chargers also reached agreement on Friday with safety Atari Bigby, another of the Seahawks players who became unrestricted free agents on Tuesday.
Whitehurst was acquired for a pair of draft choices on March 18, 2010. He played in nine games for the Seahawks, starting four – the most noticeably the 2010 regular-season finale against the Rams, which the Seahawks won to capture the NFC West title. Whitehurst completed 84 of 155 passes for 895 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions, for the Seahawks, including his 22-of-36, 192-yard outing against the Rams – all career-highs.
Whitehurst entered the league in 2006 as a third-round draft choice by the Chargers. He returns as the apparent backup to Philip Rivers, as the team also released Billy Volek on Friday.
Bigby signed with the Seahawks last August after being released by the Packers. He played in 15 games last season, making eight tackles in a situational role on defense and adding 10 coverage tackles on special teams.
The Seahawks’ list of free agents that was once as long as 18 players now is down to eight: defensive linemen Raheem Brock, Anthony Hargrove and Jimmy Wilkerson; running back Justin Forsett; and linebackers David Hawthorne, Leroy Hill, Matt McCoy and David Vobora.