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Chargers part ways with former top draft pick, extend Woodhead

Larry English, 51, was released Tuesday by the Chargers.
Larry English, 51, was released Tuesday by the Chargers.
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Although he was their top pick in the draft just a few years ago, linebacker Larry English and the San Diego Chargers never seemed like a perfect fit. On Tuesday, the two parted ways.

English, who was slated to earn $1.54 million in 2014, was the team's top draft selection in 2009. Just last season, English saw his campaign cut short by a season-ending pectoral injury in November.

The Northern Illinois product only produced two seasons of double digit games (2009 and 2012). In his initial NFL season, he tallied 26 total tackles and a pair of sacks. A season ago, English managed only 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks in nine games. In 52 NFL games, English has accounted for 62 total tackles.

As training camp kicks off this week (see below), the Chargers have a number of options at the linebacker positions, meaning English simply became expendable, especially given the salary he was set to make, not to mention coming off of a season where he only played in half the games.

In comments on, General Manager Tom Telesco noted, “We’d like to thank Larry for his five years of dedicated service to the Chargers. Larry always gave us everything he had on the field while making significant contributions to many deserving organizations in the San Diego community.”

In other player news, the Chargers signed off on a two-year contract extension with running back Danny Woodhead.

Woodhead inked a two-year contract when he joined the Bolts as an unrestricted free agent from New England in March 2013. His new contract runs through the 2016 campaign.

''Danny is an integral part of our offense,'' Telesco noted. ''His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future.''

In 2013, Woodhead tackled career highs of 76 catches, 605 yards and six touchdowns. He finished first among all running backs in touchdown catches and ranked second in receptions and yards receiving.

Camp kicks off this week

The Chargers kick off camp this week, joining the rest of the NFL in preparations for the 2014 season.

Following a second-round playoff appearance a season ago, the Bolts look to further their run this season, with the ultimate goal being Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona (Feb. 1).

As reported by, 10 training camp dates are open free to the public at Chargers Park (Practice dates are subject to change without notice).

They are:


July 24 9:20-11:30 a.m. Chargers Park
July 25 2:50-5:00 p.m. Chargers Park
July 26 9:20-11:30 a.m. Chargers Park
July 27 2:50-5:00 p.m. Chargers Park
July 31 9:20-11:30 a.m. Chargers Park
Aug. 2 FanFest 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Qualcomm Stadium
Aug. 4 2:50-5:00 p.m. Chargers Park
Aug. 9 9:20-11:30 a.m. Chargers Park
Aug. 11 2:50-5:00 p.m. Chargers Park
Aug. 12 9:20-11:30 a.m. Chargers Park

The pre-season opener is slated for Thursday, Aug. 7 at home vs. Dallas.

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