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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.

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9 Responses to “Chargers cut Matt Wilhelm”
  1. Jovani Vasquez says: Jul 24, 2009 3:26 PM

    Actually Florio, I believe this will now make room for Kevin Burnett to take over the staring job after being held back in Dallas (what a surprise!) Tim Dobbins is a big hitter, but showed last year that he could not cover in open space and had way too many missed tackles.. Burnett will be a huge upgrade!
    BYE BYE Matty ! A blessing to all Charger fans!
    “The” Ohio State University… give me a break!

  2. Mike says: Jul 24, 2009 3:31 PM


  3. PatAyling says: Jul 24, 2009 3:43 PM

    Wow, I’m surprised at you, Florio. No Seinfeld reference?
    For Shame.

  4. Dustin Chandler says: Jul 24, 2009 3:50 PM

    my boy James Holt makin’ some noise. THAT’S WHY. lol.

  5. Abe Froeman says: Jul 24, 2009 4:09 PM


  6. NonYahooHotmailAcct says: Jul 24, 2009 5:53 PM


  7. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jul 24, 2009 7:15 PM


  8. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jul 24, 2009 7:16 PM


  9. dave says: Jul 25, 2009 7:41 AM

    4th round pick, not 3rd round

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