We have been predicting it for months now, but the Los Angeles Chargers today finally released Pro Bowl Special Teamer Darrell Stuckey following a failed physical. The team’s official Twitter account announced the news:
Stuckey has spent his entire seven-year professional career with the Chargers. He was a Pro Bowler, a five-time team captain and the Chargers Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015. He has been a productive player and an exemplary teammate for seven years, but his cap number this season clearly exceeded his expected value on the field. The National Football League is a business and it is no surprise that this resulted in Stuckey getting released by the team that drafted in the fourth round back in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Chargers will miss Stuckey, but this was a move that they had to make in order to move forward. Safety was a crowded position and you can only afford to pay a special teams specialist so much.