3 Chargers who are playing their way into getting cut in the offseason

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2. Kenneth Murray

Kenneth Murray would not free up nearly as much money as Matt Feiler would as he is still playing on his rookie deal. However, after year another bad season in 2022 we cannot completely rule out the Chargers simply parting ways with the linebacker who very obviously does not fit in this defense.

Murray will be entering his fourth year in the league and we will already learn a lot about how the team feels about him before the season. The Chargers will have to decide on his fifth-year rookie option as a first-round pick and we can say for certainty that the team will decline that option.

Then begins a path that could end up similarly to Jerry Tillery's. Tillery also did not get his fifth-year rookie option, was slowly phased out of the rotation and was eventually waived by the Chargers. It might take just as long for that process to happen with Murray but the Tillery situation may also prompt the Chargers to act quicker.

Cutting a first-round pick, especially when you don't get anything for him, is a really hard thing to do in the offseason. That being said, Murray has legitimately been one of the worst starting linebackers in the entire league over the last two seasons and has not shown much potential for the team to work with.

Plus, linebacker is the least important position in Brandon Staley's defensive scheme, which might make it easier for the Bolts to simply part ways, save the minimal amount of money they save, and reinvest it in Drue Tranquill, who is going to be a free agent.