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Chargers bring out the hatchet

The Los Angeles Chargers are clearing some room as they prepare for the first day of the legal tampering period (which is stupid, let’s be honest. If teams tampered before free agency, now they’d be tampering before the legal tampering period).

When the Chargers picked up former first-round pick D.J. Fluker’s fifth year option last year, one would assume that they planned on keeping him. Not the case. According to Michael Gehlken, the Chargers have decided to move on from Fluker and even get rid of wide receiver Stevie Johnson.

“D.J. Fluker’s release part of busy day for Chargers, who also are releasing WR Stevie Johnson, source said. Clears $3.5M in cash, cap space,” Gehlken tweets.

Fluker was owed $8.821 million this season and clearly the Chargers didn’t think he was worth it. I would probably agree. Fluker never lived up to his first-round draft status. Anytime you’re drafted to be the left tackle of the future and you end up playing guard, that’s not good.

As for Stevie, he’s hurt all the time and not worth the $3.5 million that they saved.

UPDATE: They also released Brandon Flowers.

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