The Chargers have released safety Darrell Stuckey with a failed physical designation, tweets James Palmer of NFL Network. Stuckey was on the active/physically unable to perform list with a knee injury that he suffered in the team’s final game of the 2016 season.
The 30-year-old Stuckey had been with the Chargers since they used a fourth-round pick on him in 2010, which made him one of their longest-tenured players. Stuckey appeared in 89 games with the Bolts, including all 16 last year, and never made a significant defensive impact. However, he was regularly among their most reliable special teamers. Stuckey paced the unit in snaps last season (368), and he earned a Pro Bowl berth for his output in that phase of the game in 2014.
Thanks to his superb work on special teams, Stuckey was more expensive than most players who specialize in that area. Releasing him saves the Chargers $2.9MM (compared to $433,750 in dead money), but it wasn’t an easy decision for general manager Tom Telesco.
“For the past seven years, Darrell has been a difference maker for our franchise both on and off the field,” Telesco said in a press release (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). “He followed up a Pro Bowl season in 2014 by being named the Chargers Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015. You couldn’t ask for a better person to represent the organization than Darrell, and we want to sincerely thank him not only for what he has meant to the Chargers, but for what he has meant to the community as a whole. Darrell, his wife Lacie, and his children will always be part of the Chargers family, and we wish them all the best now and in the future.”
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