The Los Angeles Chargers are cutting ties with a longtime Charger.
According to the team’s official website, the Chargers have released safety Darrell Stuckey failed physical designation. Stuckey hurt his knee in the 2016 season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs and was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to begin training camp. He turned 30 years old in June.
Stuckey was set to make a base salary of $2.9 million in 2017, per Spotrac.com. He was in the final year of his four-year, $7.6 million deal.
General manager Tom Telesco commented on Stuckey’s departure:
“You couldn’t ask for a better person to represent the organization than Darrell, and 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. Darrell, his wife Lacie, and his children will always be part of the Chargers family, and we wish them all the best now and in the future.”
Stuckey, who was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, was the team’s special teams ace. Stuckey played 89 games for the Chargers and made the Pro Bowl in 2014. He was also a five-time team captain, three-time Special Teams Player of the Year and the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015, per Chargers.com’s Ricky Henne.
Stuckey never emerged as a starter on defense, but he was a star as a gunner on special teams. Unfortunately, the Chargers’ special teams as a whole has let the team down in recent years.
With Stuckey gone, the Chargers now have seven safeties on the roster: Dwight Lowery, Tre Boston, Jahleel Addae, Adrian Phillips, Dexter McCoil, Adrian McDonald and Rayshawn Jenkins. Rookie Desmond King, who has the versatility to play safety, is listed as a cornerback on the team’s roster.