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Jimmy Wilson signs with Chargers; Returns to hometown team

Former Miami Dolphins defensive back Jimmy Wilson has signed with the San Diego Chargers.

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Jimmy Wilson took a page out of Brian Hartline's playbook when he joined his hometown team this week. Hartline, a native of Canton, Ohio, signed on Monday with the Cleveland Browns; Wilson, from San Diego, California, copied the move on Friday when he agreed to join the San Diego Chargers.

Wilson was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played cornerback and safety for the Dolphins over the past four seasons, working as the primary nickel cornerback over the past few years, and starting at both strong safety and free safety at various times when suspensions or injuries created a void in the back of the secondary. He recorded 154 tackles in 60 games played, with 21 starts. He also totaled four interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two sacks with the Dolphins.

Wilson's contract with the Chargers has been reported as a two-year deal worth $4.85 million.

After the signing, Wilson tweeted his thanks to the Dolphins fans and organization: