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Chargers Exercise Fifth-Year Option on D.J. Fluker

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The Chargers announced Friday that they have exercised their fifth-year option on D.J. Fluker, locking up the right guard through 2017.

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Amid all the draft rumors and hype, the Chargers ensured that their 2013 first rounder will be with the team for at least two more years.

Fluker was in the final year of his 4 year, $11.4 million rookie contract. Now, instead of hitting the open market next Spring, Fluker will reportedly earn $8.8 million for the 2017 season. The team can still choose to reach an extension with the former Alabama tackle between now and 2018.

Fluker spent the first two years of his career at right tackle before transitioning inside to guard last season, to mixed results, as he and every other Chargers offensive linemen battled injuries.

The move ensures that the Chargers will have all five of their projected starting offensive linemen - King Dunlap, Orlando Franklin, Chris Watt,  D.J. Fluker, Joe Barksdale - under contract for at least two more years.