Veteran pass rusher Shaun Phillips has gone from leading sacker on a Super Bowl team to twice dumped over the last calendar year.
Two months after being waived by the Tennessee Titans, Phillips was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.
The 33-year-old's fate is not unusual for an aging pass rusher who peaked as an above average starter but fell shy of annual All-Pro consideration.
When the Chargers went to the postseason in four consecutive years last decade, the defense was led by the ferocious edge-rushing tandem of Phillips and Shawne Merriman -- when the latter was healthy.
After a string of premature playoff losses in San Diego, Phillips accepted less money and a leadership role for the division-rival Denver team that captured the AFC title in 2013.
If this is the end of the line for Phillips, he will finish his accomplished 11-year career with 81.5 sacks and one Pro Bowl appearance.
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