Chargers cut Matt Wilhelm

The San Diego Chargers have released veteran linebacker Matt Wilhelm.

The team announced the move earlier this afternoon.

The six-year veteran, a third-round pick in 2003, started 14 games in 2007.  Last year, he appeared in every game and started the first five of the season before being pulled from the starting lineup.  He started two games later in the year.

Tim Dobbins, who replaced Wilhelm in the starting lineup last year, will now apparently have the full-time job.

Per NFLPA records, WIlhelm was due to earn a base salary of $2 million in 2009, $2.5 million in 2010, and $3 million in 2011.

As a vested veteran, he instantly becomes an unrestricted free agent. 

One obvious possible landing spot would be Dallas, given that former Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is the head coach of the Cowboys.