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Chargers Release Trio of Vets Including CB Brandon Flowers
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The Los Angeles Chargers parted ways with three veterans on Tuesday, releasing cornerback Brandon Flowers, guard D.J. Fluker and wide receiver Stevie Johnson.
“Parting ways with men I’ve gotten to know and respect is the toughest part of this job,” said General Manager Tom Telesco. “Few players have shown the amount of passion and dedication that D.J. has shown for us the last four years. D.J. was the ultimate teammate who gave every ounce of effort he had to help our team. I will have great memories of D.J.’s time with the Chargers and wish him the best of luck with his career. And I want to thank Brandon for his contributions and his professionalism throughout his three years with us. I wish D.J., Brandon, Stevie and their families all the best in the future.”
Flowers spent the past three seasons with the Chargers, signing in 2014 following a Pro Bowl season with the Chiefs. He led the team in interceptions (three) and passes defensed (10) in his first season wearing the lightning bolt. However, Flowers battled a myriad of injuries since inking a new deal prior to the 2015 season. He was limited to only six games in 2016.
Fluker was the team’s first round pick (11th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He started his first two seasons at right tackle before moving to guard. The 6-5, 339-pound lineman started all 59 games he appeared in over his Chargers career.
Johnson signed with the Bolts in 2015 and battled through nagging injuries to appear in 10 games. He finished fourth on the team that year with 45 catches for 497 yards and three TDs. Unfortunately, the veteran wideout suffered a knee injury early in training camp last season and missed the entire 2016 campaign.