By Gavino Borquez
The Chargers had to make a decision about whether or not to pick up their 2019 option on veteran defensive tackle Corey Liuget. Los Angeles announced that they decided to decline it Wednesday evening.
General manager Tom Telesco added in a statement that the door is certainly not closed for a possible return in the future, suggesting Liuget could be re-signed despite the fact that he will become a free agent on March 13.
Liuget was set to make $9.5 million against the cap in 2019, including a $4 million roster bonus on March 15. L.A. will save $8 million against the cap by letting him go, leaving $1.5 million in dead money.
Liuget appeared in only six games last season. He missed the first four due to a league suspension for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances and then suffered a season-ending injury in November.
Liuget was the longest-tenured player on the Bolts’ defense. Through eight seasons, he has amassed 237 tackles, 24 sacks and five forced fumbles.
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