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5 former Chargers who could renew careers in a new football league

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Branden Oliver #32 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball during the first half against the New York Jets in an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Branden Oliver #32 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball during the first half against the New York Jets in an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Branden Oliver

It’s somewhat surprising that no team in the league has called Branden Oliver to give him a shot. The former Chargers running back had some productive games for the team and seemed the prototypical change-of-pace back. Unfortunately, injuries slowed his progress and the unexpected play of undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler last season pretty much pushed him out the door.

But in an upstart league, Oliver has the talent to be a team’s No.1 running back.

He had 226 rushing attempts in his NFL career to go with over 1,000 total yards from scrimmage. His veteran experience as well as his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield are two things a new, young franchise could lean on.

But is his NFL career over? A running back could go down in camp or in a preseason game this summer and Oliver’s name could still get called to come and fill that hole. Even if that doesn’t happen, there are options for him going forward, should he still be interested in a playing career.

Oliver recently turned 27 years old and could still give a team a couple of years in the backfield.

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