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LA Chargers surprise cut candidates: 3 players who could get let go

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Jerry Tillery
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3. Jerry Tillery

There is a very slim chance that this actually happens and it would certainly be a surprise if it does considering he is a recent first-round pick. Jerry Tillery may not have panned out how the Chargers would have hoped but it would still be shocking to see him let go before his rookie contract even ends.

However, there definitely is a path in which Tillery does get let go before the season begins. First of all, the Chargers denied the fifth-year option on his contract and Tillery then did not show up to voluntary OTAs. The Chargers added a lot of depth on the interior and Tillery has to fight for his reps and he wasn't bothered in showing up.

Tillery has not been very good so even though he is a first-round pick, his play may put him on the chopping block. On paper, Morgan Fox will give the team a nearly identical outlook at the position and could play at a much higher level.

If guys like Breiden Fehoko and Christian Covington show up and play really well in camp then Tillery may find himself on the outside looking in. At this point, being on an expiring contract, the Chargers likely would not hesitate as much to let him go if he isn't one of the six best options on the team.

Tom Telesco has run a really tight ship in terms of character and any time that is disrupted moves are made. The Chargers traded Desmond King for a sixth-round pick in 2020 two years after he was an All-Pro. If Tillery brings any sort of issues to the table with him not showing up to voluntary OTAs before potentially losing his spot then Telesco could just outright cut bait.

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It would be really shocking considering Tillery's status as a first-round pick but it definitely is possible.