The team announced Tuesday that they've released the veteran linebacker, waving farewell to their first-round selection from 2009.
It's intriguing whenever a top pick is sent packing -- especially before camp -- but the move isn't a shock. English was long considered a roster-bubble candidate after piling up just 11 sacks over 52 appearances in five seasons.
The Chargers are high on Melvin Ingram and now have second-round pick Jeremiah Attaochu to pick up the slack on the outside, a duo that contributed to English being buried on San Diego's depth chart.
Set to make $1.54 million this year, English was too expensive after his 2013 campaign was cut short with a season-ending pectoral injury in November.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that English will become an immediate free agent with no need to clear waivers. He's been a major disappointment, but we still expect the pass rusher to find another gig before the season.
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