The Chargers have released fullback Le’Ron McClain, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter). McClain, who was entering the last year of his contract, was on the books for a $3.33MM cap number, which will be reduced to $833K in dead money, saving the Chargers $2.5MM in cap room.
A two-time Pro Bowler, McClain saw his role in the offense reduced during the course of his two-year stint in San Diego. The veteran fullback played just 154 snaps for the Chargers in 2013, a significant step down from the playing time he saw earlier in his career with the Ravens and Chiefs. Still, in his limited ’13 action, the 29-year-old graded positively as a pass blocker and run blocker, according to Pro Football Focus.
McClain won’t have to pass through waivers, so he’ll immediately become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any NFL team.