Former University of Northern Iowa offensive lineman Chad Rinehart has signed a one-year contract with the National Football League's San Diego Chargers.
Rinehart will be in his sixth NFL season this fall. He has played in 31 games and has drawn 21 starts in his NFL career.
Rinehart was a third-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins in 2008, after starting 48 games for the Panthers in his collegiate career.
The Boone, Iowa, native, earned All-America honors as a junior and as a senior for the Panthers. As a senior, Rinehart started all 13 games at right tackle for the Panthers, while earning first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors. Rinehart was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America squad as well. He was also named to 2007 ESPN the Magazine academic all-district squad and was a first-team academic all-MVFC selection.
Rinehart helped guide the Panthers to a perfect 11-0 regular season and a No. 1 national ranking for six weeks in the 2007 season. The Panthers' rush offense (227.38 yards/game) ranked No. 2 in the MVFC and No. 15 in the nation, the Panthers' pass offense (229.92 yards/game) ranked No. 2 in the MVFC and the Panthers' total offense ranked No. 7 in the nation (457.31 yards/game).
Following his stint with the Redskins, Rinehart joined the New York Jets practice squad. He was then signed by the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 season. Rinehart made four starts for the Bills in 2010. Rinehart saw action in all 16 games and drew 12 starts for the Bills in the 2011 season. He played in seven games and drew two starts for the Bills in the 2012 season.