SAN DIEGO (AP) -The Chargers released wide receiver Eric Parker on Wednesday, two days before their first full-squad practice.
The Chargers had been trying to trade Parker before veterans reported to camp Thursday night. Parker missed all of last season with a toe injury and became expendable after Chris Chambers was acquired in a midseason trade with Miami.
"We just decided to move on in another direction and wish him the best," general manager A.J. Smith said. "We tried to make some trades - things did not materialize."
Parker caught 187 passes for 2,586 yards and 11 touchdowns in parts of five seasons for the Chargers. He injured his right big toe during a minicamp practice 13 months ago and underwent surgery last August to fix a cracked bone. He was expected to be healthy in October but the toe didn't respond and he missed the season.
"It gives him an opportunity to get with someone," Turner said. "We obviously had talked to different teams to see if there was an interest, and looking at our situation, eventually they knew this would happen.
"Now I'm sure he's going to get an opportunity to go play somewhere else."