Chad Rinehart released by San Diego Chargers

By Ernie Padaon

The San Diego Chargers have released starting LG Chad Rinehart after adding Orlando Franklin in free agency. 

The San Diego Chargers have released OG Chad Rinehart and have saved $3.25 million on the salary cap.

Chargers have informed LG Chad Rinehart of his release, source says. Team saves $3.25 million in cap space.

— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) March 10, 2015

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The team had signed Orlando Franklin to a deal on Tuesday afternoon and he will likely take over the starting guard position with the team. Rinehart had his struggles on offense last season and the team will go with Franklin as the starter.

Protection for Philip Rivers and creating holes in the running game have become the top priority for the Chargers this offseason on offense. The team also was looking to add Virgil Green to the offense as well, but were outbid by the Denver Broncos. That would have been another nasty player that can block for the running game on the team. Instead they have Franklin and will likely look to add more.

The Chargers are looking to build up that offensive line. The team still has another spot up front that they could use help. The right guard position would currently be held by Johnnie Troutman if nothing were to change. The team could look to fill that hole in the draft or with another signing in free agency. D.J. Fluker is a candidate to take that starting job if the team finds a right tackle that they can add on offense.

Where will the team find another offensive lineman? Through the draft or through free agency?

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