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Le'Ron McClain Released By San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have released FB Le’Ron McClain today in order to open up an extra $2.5 million under the cap.

McClain was not needed on the roster for the offense that the Chargers were running. McClain didn’t get much action on the field. This roster cut was expected by the team.

The fullback position is a dying breed in the league. McClain was one of the better fullbacks in the game, but the position has morphed a bit and he doesn’t really fit the mold that the Chargers were looking for.

The Chargers can rely more on John Phillips at tight end if they want to use a fullback on offense or the team can just look to use two tight ends on the field.

The Chargers can use the extra money that they saved to sign some of their free agents. Chad Rinehard, Darrell Stuckey and Richard Marshall are likely players the team will be looking to bring back this offseason. Hopefully we hear about some of these players re-signing soon.

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  • Marcel West-Bailey


    • Peter Thompson


      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Lol I’m not even kidding. It’s so nice to see all this dead weight get cut. And I just read Cox is getting released! There is a God…and he’s smiling down on Tom Telesco and the San Diego Chargers.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Great Job Ernie, Your the first Charger writer to get this up. I knew cuts were coming soon =p
    Also wouldn’t wind if Phillips were cut as well.

  • arnie

    Happy trails Le’Ron. Thanks for everything, wish you nothing but the best.

  • Derek

    Do y’all think we should roll the dice on gronk, draft one, or get a pass catching h back in fa

    • lilHurricane

      Pass catching

    • Ernie Padaon

      i dont think the position is a huge need for our offense. just going to use the tight end in that role.

  • Peter Thompson

    Take it easy, Le’Ron! Didn’t work out for the long term, but I appreciated his attitude while he was here. Can’t remember ever thinking badly of him, or his play.. just not a good fit. Hope he lands somewhere that really needs him.

    • Julien Bélair

      Yep great guy

    • Gunnar Martin

      That’s what I was thinkin. I hope he finishes off his career with a good team (as long as it’s not one of our rivals) and does well. Just because he didn’t really fit our team doesn’t mean he can’t find success elsewhere.

      • Michael

        He’ll probably sign with the doncos, that’s where all the ex chargers go

        • Gunnar Martin

          Nah. They already picked up our last fullback Hester lol

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Maybe 49ers

  • Julien Bélair

    We didn’t use him anyway. Wish him the best for his future

  • Aaron Johnson

    I get why they let him go but I disagree that the position is not needed. There is a benefit to having an actual fullback in the fullback slot when power running or running play action. Im not saying a tight end cant play that position but we dont have a tight end that lines up well as a lead blocker. I see us bringing up Gronk or some cheap FA. Ryan Mathews runs better with a lead blocker IMO so if I am TT or McCoy im still looking to fill the FB spot on the roster.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Phillips did it with the Cowboys before he was brought on here.

      • Aaron Johnson

        Maybe another offseason and I’ll see it. I remember too many missed blocks last year to jump on board at this point.

    • joerockt

      I agree that the position is needed, but it needs to be someone who is highly skilled at catching.

  • joerockt

    Super. The guy was a waste of space. They should have kept Brinkley instead.