The Los Angeles Chargers are parting ways with veteran safety Darrell Stuckey, a special teams ace and team captain of five years.
The move comes as a shock for some Chargers fans.
Per ESPN, Stuckey, 30, was entering his eighth NFL season, all with the Chargers. However, Stuckey had been mostly a special teams player and was scheduled to make $2.9 million in the final year of his contract.
The Chargers selected two safeties in this year's draft, Miami product Rawshawn Jenkins in the fourth round andout of Iowa in the fifth round. The Chargers also signed free-agent Tre' Boston, who's competing with incumbent for the starting free safety job.
The Chargers selected Stuckey in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of Kansas. He appeared in 89 games, recording 94 tackles and four fumble recoveries. Stuckey also was a five-time team captain and earned a Pro Bowl invitation in 2015 for his special teams play.
"You couldn't ask for a better person to represent the organization than Darrell," Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said in a prepared statement. "We want to sincerely thank him not only for what he has meant to the Chargers, but for what he has meant to the community as a whole."
Per Bolts from the Blue, an SB Nation affiliate, "this is actually a good thing for both sides."
"While many fans seem shocked by the move, with some even accusing the Spanos family of “screwing” another beloved player, I don’t buy into that narrative. First of all, it shouldn’t have been a shock to those who have been paying attention," wrote the blog.
"Darrell Stuckey is a 30-year old special teams player. He was the sixth safety on the roster, offered no defensive value, and was due to earn $3,333,750 in what was the last year of his contract. And, most importantly, he’s still rehabbing a knee injury he suffered during the 2016 season finale against the Chiefs. He wasn’t going to make the roster and the coaches knew it, so they found a way to release him early in camp, essentially giving him a chance to catch on elsewhere should he get healthy."
"And, knowing Anthony Lynn’s background as a special teams grunt, I’d be willing to bet he sat down with Stuckey, explained that he didn’t fit the team’s plans, and asked Darrell what he wanted to do," the blog proclaimed.