In addition to the earlier news that the San Diego Chargers have released Le'Ron McClain and Derek Cox, the team has announced that it has also released CB Johnny Patrick.
In a secondary without many bright spots in 2014, Johnny Patrick stood out as the team's best cornerback at times. He ended up on the field for 484 snaps in 2013 and started in 3 games before finishing the season on IR.
Patrick, who was claimed off of waivers from the New Orleans Saints soon after Tom Telesco took over as Chargers GM last offseason, had one year left on his contract. Releasing him doesn't save cap space, unless you count the $645k that he would've been paid in salary. He will now account for $0 towards the cap in 2014.
The move make some sense, as Chargers 2013 draft pick Steve Williams is expected to take over as the team's nickel CB this season and Patrick struggled to play on the outside. And while it leaves the team without much depth in the defensive secondary, it is a sign that Telesco intends to completely overhaul a group that badly needs it.