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Chargers to release D.J. Fluker

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D.J. Fluker will not be joining the Chargers in Los Angeles.

Fluker, the Chargers’ 2013 first-round pick, is being released, according to multiple reports.

The Chargers had previously picked up Fluker’s fifth-year option, which means he was due an $8.821 million salary for the 2017. But that salary was not guaranteed, so the Chargers are free to cut him with no repercussions.

Fluker can play both guard and right tackle, and he started all 16 games last season. He’s capable of being a starter somewhere, but the Chargers don’t think he’s worth $8.821 million. Fluker will hope he can find some team that thinks he’s worth at least something close to that.

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37 Responses to “Chargers to release D.J. Fluker”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:37 AM

    What a bust.

  2. nyneal says: Mar 7, 2017 10:40 AM

    I wish Ted Thompson would release T.J. Lang and sign Fluker.

  3. blitzinc43 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:40 AM

    As a close friend of the organization I do not understand why the Chargers are eliminating an element that helped Melvin Gordon excel so much

  4. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Mar 7, 2017 10:44 AM

    I am sure the Dolphins are on the line with him right now. They could use a veteran guard. But there is no way they are giving him 8 mil

  5. navyvandal says: Mar 7, 2017 10:45 AM

    Sebastian Volmer was recently released 🙂

    come to the 508/617. Lovely in the fall.

  6. wrlegrand says: Mar 7, 2017 10:47 AM

    The Panthers are going to end up with Matt Kalil and Fluker at Tackles next year. Just seems like the both would be nice stop-gaps to wait on some draft picks in later rounds…

  7. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:50 AM

    sounds like a dolphins move

    sign or trade for another team’s failed 1st rd pick
    franchise tackle who no one wants to admit is a bust because
    miami cannot draft well

  8. scothawk says: Mar 7, 2017 10:56 AM

    Seahawks should take a look see.

    I doubt he will be unemployed for long.

  9. paulmauddib says: Mar 7, 2017 10:57 AM

    Why would you pick up the option and then cut him? You lose a comp draft pick since he was cut and not lost via free agency.

  10. Matt from San Diego says: Mar 7, 2017 11:01 AM

    Is he REALLY that bad?

    Or is this another shining example of Spanos’ Thriftiness?

  11. rocoop says: Mar 7, 2017 11:02 AM

    Biggest matador I have ever seen…

  12. d0naldjtrump says: Mar 7, 2017 11:06 AM

    “Sebastian Volmer was recently released

    come to the 508/617. Lovely in the fall.”

    Doesn’t realize Seabass is leaning towards retirement due to many lingering issues. Losers trying to take table scraps from winners rather than being self made like me – SAD!

  13. kamthechancellor says: Mar 7, 2017 11:09 AM

    John Schneider on line 1…

  14. seatownballers says: Mar 7, 2017 11:14 AM

    Seattle on line one with a vet minimum offer

  15. navyvandal says: Mar 7, 2017 11:18 AM

    “Sebastian Volmer was recently released

    come to the 508/617. Lovely in the fall.”

    Doesn’t realize Seabass is leaning towards retirement due to many lingering issues. Losers trying to take table scraps from winners rather than being self made like me – SAD

    OR I DO UNDERSTAND he is leaning towards retirement since he was on german radio calling patriot games. 2nd time in 4 seasons (2013 broken leg against Miami) that SEABASS has been out the entire way.

  16. lurkerkerker says: Mar 7, 2017 11:22 AM

    “Is he really that bad?”
    Yes.

  17. FrankRizzo says: Mar 7, 2017 11:26 AM

    1963 AFL Champs!!! bolts off!!

  18. davetrembley says: Mar 7, 2017 11:26 AM

    A far better run blocker than pass blocker. As a pass blocker, picture two large concrete blocks instead of feet.

  19. dynaco says: Mar 7, 2017 11:29 AM

    It’s a sad day for Charger fans when people close to the organization don’t understand.

  20. d0naldjtrump says: Mar 7, 2017 11:30 AM

    “Sebastian Volmer was recently released

    come to the 508/617. Lovely in the fall.”

    Read that as a Chargers fan trying to poach Seabass; haven’t had a phone in Mass. in years and forgot area codes – SAD! (Bob’s team has 2 great tackles, the best tackles really, so that added to my YUGE confusion.)

  21. realfootballfan says: Mar 7, 2017 11:38 AM

    If you miss on that high of a draft pick with lots of other high profile misses, should you still be in charge of a team’s personnel department?

  22. motown81 says: Mar 7, 2017 11:42 AM

    First round pick slated to play right tackle and he could not handle speed rushers. He does not have the feet. They moved him inside to guard and he has been average at best. Late this season he was replaced in the line-up by an UDFA. This was Tom Telesco’s first draft pick as a gm. Not a good start for TT with this pick being shown the door.

  23. daneraider1 says: Mar 7, 2017 11:43 AM

    Come to Oakland/Vegas! Time to help Carr out with a Run game. Stick it to the LA Clippers. lol

  24. THX 138 says: Mar 7, 2017 11:48 AM

    He was a wasted pick. He was a penalty machine and gave up sacks like a grocery store.

  25. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 11:49 AM

    “Sebastian Volmer was recently released

    come to the 508/617. Lovely in the fall.”

    ——-

    Sad. I expect more from my fellow Pats fans.

    Marcus Cannon is clearly superior to Fluker.

  26. codiablo says: Mar 7, 2017 11:52 AM

    Lot of linemen available now

  27. blowfishes says: Mar 7, 2017 11:57 AM

    Vikings at least now have other young options not named Matt Kalil…

  28. jschmus says: Mar 7, 2017 12:01 PM

    That guy is much better than Fusco. The Vikings better take a look at him!!!!

  29. National Fanatic says: Mar 7, 2017 12:03 PM

    I’m a Chargers fan and DJ Fluker did OK in San Diego. He was a Right Guard for the last two years, and he was not as good as expected. He had some mental mistakes (penalties). $8.8 million is way too much money how he has played, but he’s a super nice guy and hard worker. Expect a restructured contract and he could return, but I expect Matt Slauson to take his spot (as the Charger drafted a center in the 3 round last year, Max Tuerk/USC).

  30. guyjuneguyjune says: Mar 7, 2017 12:05 PM

    The Carson City Chargers will have no “home games” as they don’t have a “home.” Spanos gave that away when he moved from San Diego. Does Spanos have any idea how long it takes to build a fan base? He doesn’t care because he’s setting up the team for sale. What dumb, betrayed fan would pay $5,000 to $7,000 for two good season tickets in Carson City field? There are too many other entertainment sports options in La-La- Land. Like major college football, the Clippers, the Lakers, the Dodgers, hockey teams, the LA Rams (Lambs?) Soccer, Disneyland, Hollywood y muchas otras attractions and of course, the beach. Deano..you’ve been ill-advised. Move now to return to San Diego, up-grade Qualcomm for $200 million get relief from $650 million from the NFL and you’ll sell out this year. Maybe.

  31. magikskillz says: Mar 7, 2017 12:07 PM

    Chargers Fan Here. The Spanos Family is just being cheap. They don’t spend money on free agency so they don’t need cap space. They will either draft a new lineman in the mid-rounds for cheap or sign a vet to a min deal. Philip Rivers isn’t the best but he is good enough to win games. This team should have been 10-6 last year at worst. They were top 5 in time leading and managed to blow leads such as 24-3 to the Chiefs. (Not as bad as the 24-0 to the Broncos at halftime on Thursday night)

  32. patsfan2884 says: Mar 7, 2017 1:09 PM

    DJ Fluker Mr Kraft From The Defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots On Line #1 With A Veterans Minimum And A Chance To Win A Super Bowl Ring

  33. shoutin' get off my lawn says: Mar 7, 2017 1:48 PM

    This chatter about Fluker taking a vet minimum offer is laughable.

  34. eramming says: Mar 7, 2017 1:48 PM

    Pats won’t win another title for a few decades. They pulled the last 2 out their butt and Brady is old. He can’t play till he’s 45. It’ll be sad to see him get carted off the field but he’s clinging on and gets what he deserves. His decline will be steep!

  35. flexx91 says: Mar 7, 2017 1:58 PM

    This team should have been 10-6 last year at worst. They were top 5 in time leading and managed to blow leads such as 24-3 to the Chiefs.
    ==================================

    Just like the Falcon’s should be last year’s Super Bowl champions…

  36. chargerdillon says: Mar 7, 2017 3:28 PM

    Chargers being cheap as usual. Fluker will be the top O-lineman on the market and somebody will probably pay more than that 8mill and be happy about it.

    Typical bonehead move, releasing him makes the chargers significantly worse with no possible replacement.

    Spanos Mantra: Underperform > Overpay

  37. rocoop says: Mar 7, 2017 6:30 PM

    CHARGERDILLION is absolutely clueless…NOBODY will pay Fluker 8mil plus….Chargers being cheap?? Didn’t they just tag Ingram?? Pick a new team

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