Former Maryland kicker Nick Novak signed with the San Diego Chargers this week, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The 28-yeard-old Novak, who last kicked in the NFL in 2008, will provide depth behind Pro Bowl kicker Nick Kaeding, who is coming off a groin injury.
"It's just protection," Chargers coach Norv Turner told the Union-Tribune. "It will allow us to get better work through training camp."
Novak was let go by the Kansas City Chiefs in October, 2008. He has kicked for the Washington Redskins (2005-2006) and Arizona Cardinals (2005). In 22 career NFL games, he has made 19 of 30 field goals and 32 of 32 PATs. His career long field goal is 47 yards.
He left Maryland (2001-2004) as the ACC's all-time leading scorer with 393 points.