Ever since the Dumervil debacle, Phillips has been considered one of the team's options to replace the departed pass rusher, if a less publicized one than Dwight Freeney and John Abraham.
But Broncos fans know Phillips all too well, as seven of his 69.5 career sacks have come against them. He also had 35 total tackles and one interception against Denver, and famously had a pregame in-tunnel showdown with Josh McDaniels in 2009.
Inexplicably, McDaniels allegedly told Phillips that the Broncos "owned" the Chargers, despite having lost five of the two teams' previous seven meetings. San Diego ended up dispatching Denver easily in a 32-3 laugher.
Originally a fourth-round pick in what was a remarkable 2004 draft class for San Diego, (Eli Manning/Philip Rivers, Nate Kaeding, Nick Hardwick, Michael Turner, Shane Olivea), Phillips played in 136 games over nine seasons with the Chargers, including 108 starts.
In addition to his 69.5 sacks, the soon-to-be 32-year old has six career interceptions, 40 passes defensed, 20 forced fumbles, 474 total tackles, and three defensive scores.
Phillips is the second key Chargers veteran to head to Denver, following the signing of guard Louis Vasquez.
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