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Chargers release Binn
SAN DIEGO – The Chargers made a difficult decision Tuesday, releasing the longest-tenured player in team history.
San Diego released long snapper David Binn as part of the NFL’s mandatory roster reduction to 80 players.
“I’ve known David since he came to the Chargers as an unknown long snapper in 1994, our Super Bowl season, and getting to know David has been a privilege,” Chargers President Dean Spanos said. “David has been the consummate Charger, everything we want in a player and a person. The Chargers are fortunate to have had David. I’m definitely going to miss him around here.”
Said General Manager A.J. Smith: “This was a hard decision; one of our most difficult. David has been the ultimate professional. He’s a team-first guy and a perfectionist at his craft. His hard work and dedication made him one of the best long snappers ever to play the game.”
The Chargers also waived cornerback Stephen Harrison, wide receivers Vidal Hazelton, Cameron Kenney and Travon Patterson, guard Michael Huey, linebacker Jeremy Leman, tackle Ryan Otterson and running backs Shawnbrey McNeal and Brandon Sullivan. Otterson reached an injury settlement with San Diego.
Of the 10 players released, only Binn has played a regular-season game for the Chargers.
“No one has played in more Chargers games than David Binn. I have the utmost respect for Dave and what he has accomplished,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “Seventeen years and 268 games (regular season and postseason) in this sport is amazing. I’m grateful for everything he’s given to the Chargers and this team.”
Binn, 39, played 17 seasons for the Chargers and was the only player remaining from the 1994 AFC Championship team. Binn is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played with 256 (not counting 12 postseason games). A hamstring injury suffered Week 1 against Kansas City last season sent him to Reserve-Injured and ended his team-record streak of 179 consecutive games played.
Binn joined the team as an undrafted free agent from California in ’94 and became one of the most consistent in league history. He made a Pro Bowl in 2006, made 53 special teams tackles and worked with past greats like John Carney and Darren Bennett.
Prior to last season, he’d missed one game in his career – Dec. 13, 1998 against Seattle – due to a shoulder injury. He also missed the second half against Denver on Oct. 6, 1996.
The news means second-year long snapper Mike Windt likely will continue to play a prominent role on special teams. Windt signed with San Diego on Oct. 13 as a college free agent from Cincinnati, vowing to end the Bolts’ string of bad luck at long snapper last season.
Windt played the final 11 games for the Chargers as a rookie and helped stabilize the kicking game.