Chargers parting ways with lineman Fluker
The Los Angeles Chargers are parting ways with a former first-round draft pick.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team is releasing offensive lineman D.J. Fluker.
Stuck with just $5 million in cap space, per OverTheCap.com, the Chargers desperately need to build up their cash reserves. With Fluker set to make $8.821 million this season, his release will do just that.
Taken 11th overall in 2013, Fluker was drafted to give the Chargers a plug-and-play starter at tackle. Instead, the 25-year-old has spent much of the past two seasons at guard, finishing 2016 as the league’s 54th-ranked player at his position, per Pro Football Focus. As the metrics site noted, Fluker allowed 2.5 pressures per game at right guard and 3.2 per tilt at right tackle while failing to stand out as a run blocker.
While Fluker has been a disappointment, he offers teams size — he’s 6-foot-5 and 339 pounds — and starting experience at multiple positions along the line. The former Alabama star joins a crop of solid free-agent lineman, with Kevin Zeitler, T.J. Lang, Larry Warford, Nick Mangold and Brian Schwenke all sitting out there as viable interior options.
With the NFL’s “legal tampering period” set to launch Tuesday at noon ET, we’ll find out soon enough if another club feels up to taking a shot on Fluker.