San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have released former first round pick linebacker Larry English.
Former Chargers GM surprised everyone in the NFL and Charger fans when he drafted Larry English with the 16th overall pick out of Northern Illinois in the 2009 NFL Draft. Larry English was considered a late 1st round to second round prospect and the fact that AJ Smith passed on Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, Michael Oher, Hakeem Nicks and arguably the best linebacker in the NFL in Clay Matthews still embaraases Charger fans to this day.
Unfortunately despite being a good overall good guy and doing a lot of positives in the San Diego community, Larry English will be remembered as another draft bust in Chargers history. Larry English never developed into a replacement for Shawne Merriman or even a starting NFL linebacker. English only made nine starts and produced 80 tackles and 11 sacks in his four seasons with the Chargers.
Injuries kept Larry English off the field for most of his career with the Chargers, as he spent three of his four seasons on injured reserve. English was having a decent season for the Chargers last year, before missing the rest of the season when he tore his pectoral while sacking Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in a 28-20 loss.
Coming into this season it was going to be tough for Larry English to even make the team out of Training Camp with linebackers Melvin Ingram, Jarrett Johnson, Dwight Freeney and second-round pick Jerry Attaochu ahead of him on the depth chart.
“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” English said to UT-San Diego’s Michael Gehlken. “This has become like family to me, being a part of this organization and being in this city. I’m grateful for the opportunity. I just wish them all the best and am look forward to where my new home will be and starting something new there.”