Here are some players who played for the Chargers last season who have yet to find a contract with them or another team:
Antonio Gates: This situation will likely play out like it did last year. The team has a healthy Hunter Henry right now, so the need to have Gates on the roster is much less. The team will likely go through OTAs and training camp and then evaluate whether to bring Gates back.
Geno Smith: The signing of Tyrod Taylor makes it all but a foregone conclusion that Smith is done in Los Angeles. The Chargers upgraded the backup quarterback position immensely, so there is simply no need for Smith, who could be looking at the end of his NFL career.
Hayes Pullard: Pullard has spent the last two seasons in Los Angeles but he has been nothing more than a stopgap until the team can find a more consistent player at inside linebacker. He won’t be back in L.A. unless there is a serious injury somewhere down the road.
Donnie Jones: Why the Chargers ever signed him in the first place still makes me shake my head, but there are better options at punter pretty much anywhere they want to look.
Kyle Emanuel: Just 27 years old, Emanuel could probably still add depth to a linebacker group somewhere in the league and help out when his number was called. It doesn’t seem as though that will be in Los Angeles though, as the team has better, younger options now.