In total, the San Diego Chargers released four players today, including LBs Donald Butler, Kavell Conner, and Chi Chi Ariguzo. They also released RB Donald Brown.
Butler was originally drafted by the team’s previous GM, A.J. Smith, but was signed to a 7-year contract worth nearly $52 million in Tom Telesco’s first full offseason. Since signing that contract, he has not lived up to the potential seen previously.
Brown came over from the Indianapolis Colts, Telesco’s previous team, in the new GM’s first offseason as a role player and potential starting RB if Ryan Mathews were to leave in free agency. By time that happened, the team had decided that they needed to bring in another option, and drafted Melvin Gordon to take over as the team’s starter.
One would expect, with a lot of money being freed up just before free agency, that Tom Telesco and the Chargers would be aggressive in adding pieces to a team that went 4-12 last season but is expecting a big turnaround in the 2016 season.