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Chargers part ways with Larry English

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The Chargers haven’t opened up training camp yet, but they’ve already decided that linebacker Larry English won’t be a member of their 53-man roster.

The team announced Tuesday that they have released English. The Chargers also announced that they have signed center Khalil Wilkes.

English was a first-round pick in 2009, but never developed into the player they hoped to get when they selected him out of Northern Illinois. English made just nine starts in his 52 appearances with the Chargers and produced 11 sacks and one forced fumble over that stretch. Injuries contributed to keeping him off the field, including a pec injury that sent him to injured reserve last season, but English wasn’t much of a factor when he was healthy.

English is not subject to waivers, so he is free to sign with any team once now that he’s been officially dropped by the Chargers.

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28 Responses to “Chargers part ways with Larry English”
  1. haydenpryor says: Jul 22, 2014 3:33 PM

    RIP English

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Jul 22, 2014 3:34 PM

    Bust

  3. bassplucker says: Jul 22, 2014 3:39 PM

    Bust. How anybody ever thought this guy was a 1st round pick I’ll never know.

    When you make a small-school guy your 1st round pick you had better be double-damn sure he is head-and-shoulders better than anyone else on the board.

  4. brenenostler says: Jul 22, 2014 3:40 PM

    They passed on Clay Matthews for this guy.

  5. dalcow4 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:41 PM

    AJ’s big bust. We knew pretty much immediately that English didn’t have the quick burst or knack for rushing the passer.

    2009 wasn’t the deepest draft we’ve ever seen, but there were some pretty good player left on the board after this poor 16th pick.

  6. jjackwagon says: Jul 22, 2014 3:43 PM

    Did he get injured while cleaning out his locker? You can’t make the club…in the tub.

    Look for him to sign with another AFC West team trying to collect info on the Chargers. Then get cut again during the final drop to the 53 man roster.

  7. humb0lt says: Jul 22, 2014 3:45 PM

    Shocking development. Not. Wish him the best though. A good man, just not meant to play LB in the NFL. Maybe he can land a spot on a desperate team like the Raiders.

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    English will sign with the Raiders, and he’ll immediately become the best Quarterback on their roster.

  9. Straight Cash Homie says: Jul 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    Wasn’t he another one of Kiper’s can’t miss stud prospects?

    So much for that.

  10. buddysguys says: Jul 22, 2014 3:51 PM

    the 2009 1st rd Draft Class was a cancer on the entire NFL. It reminds me of The Andrea Doria. Tragic event.

  11. bassplucker says: Jul 22, 2014 3:56 PM

    He grew up in Aurora, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and was a local legend at Northern Illinois. I could see him getting an invite to camp from the Bears as a PR move, but I doubt he’d bump anyone they’ve currently got off the roster.

  12. National Fanatic says: Jul 22, 2014 3:59 PM

    who needs pass rushers?
    Vikings?
    Jaguars?

    …who needs 3-4 OLB’s?
    Pittsburgh?
    Jets?
    Arizona?

  13. humb0lt says: Jul 22, 2014 4:04 PM

    Now the question is…how much longer will Jonas Mouton last?

  14. pilot2011 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:05 PM

    He will report to Carolina for training camp to reunite with Ron Rivera. I’m sure he and McDermott could find a use for him.

    -Chicago Bears #1 defense (then Lovie Smith got scared for his job after the Superbowl loss)

    -Made the San Diego Chargers the #1 defense.

    -Made the Carolina Panthers the #2 defense.

  15. sd619tripleog says: Jul 22, 2014 4:07 PM

    I can’t believe AJ picked this guy before Cushing or Mathews. He hardly ever had an impact on any game, should have been cut awhile ago. He’s probably a nice guy tho

  16. luadak says: Jul 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    I had the pleasure of going to grade school and highschool with Larry. Hard worker and a ferocious athlete. Hoping the best for him, I am sure someone will take a flyer on him.

    Bring him back to ChiTown.

  17. raiderapologist says: Jul 22, 2014 4:13 PM

    humb0lt says: Jul 22, 2014 3:45 PM

    Shocking development. Not. Wish him the best though. A good man, just not meant to play LB in the NFL. Maybe he can land a spot on a desperate team like the Raiders.
    ————————
    The Chargers kept this bust on the roster for five seasons, and hump tries to work in a Raider blast. Another lame effort from a lame troll. The Raiders are deep enough at LB that they don’t need to be digging through Charger trash at the position.

  18. kd75 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:21 PM

    See what happens when you draft players from small schools/conferences in Rd 1?

    This is Kahlil Mack in 5 years.

  19. bassplucker says: Jul 22, 2014 4:26 PM

    He’s already 28 years old. That, plus his injury history, plus the fact he’s a DE/LB tweener, could all work against him. But if he’s willing to come in on a league minimum deal (which is all he’s likely to be offered), who knows.

  20. tooz72 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:30 PM

    Typical chuggers first round bust

  21. godofwine330 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:47 PM

    Some people from MAC schools don’t pan out, and this is one of them. I think it is kind of foul to let a guy you knew you weren’t going to keep in Mid July instead of early on in free agency. That is very foul because he doesn’t have a chance to catch on.

  22. kingfish2013 says: Jul 22, 2014 5:18 PM

    Cowboys maybe calling.

  23. 6ball says: Jul 22, 2014 5:51 PM

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    It’s always risky to take an OLB early in the draft. It’s a different position in the NFL than in college.

    The 2009 draft was a waste of the keystrokes used to write the mock drafts .
    .

  24. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:53 PM

    Look for Gus Bradley to take a chance on him.

  25. slick50ks says: Jul 22, 2014 7:41 PM

    Teo is next.

  26. rawdog2013 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:25 PM

    I feel bad for anyone drafted by this team. The Chokers have no history of success and mentally that has to hurt their players.

    If drafted by the Chokers you:
    A) Do what Eli did and refuse to play for them. 2 time Super Bowl Champion
    B) Fake injuries and preserve your body for the next team
    C) Sleep with Humb0lts wife

  27. realfootballfan says: Jul 22, 2014 9:05 PM

    Remember when AJ Smith actually thought this guy would replace roided Sean Merriman, lol.

  28. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jul 23, 2014 12:49 AM

    Another of the outstanding decisions from the chokers management (more like mismanagement) . Looks like the chokers won’t be satisfied until they’ve gone a complete century being the biggest losers with no hardware.

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