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Chargers Release Center Corey Linsley

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted that the Los Angeles Chargers have released veteran center Corey Linsley. The former Ohio State standout spent the last three seasons of his career with the Chargers after signing a five-year, $62.5 million contract.

Last September, the Chargers placed Linsley on the reserve/non-football illness list due to a heart-related issue. That condition limited him to three games and 214 offensive snaps last season. But when healthy, he is among the league's best offensive linemen.

He was a First-Team All-Pro member despite playing only 13 games in 2020. A year later, he was a Second-Team All-Pro member. Pro Football Focus gave him overall grades of 89.9 (2020) and 85.7 (2021) in those years.

The Green Bay Packers selected Linsley in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He was a First Team All-Big Ten member with the Buckeyes the year before he entered the pros.

In 132 career games, he played 8,398 snaps at center and has a 98.6 efficiency rate. He has two tackles and two fumble recoveries. Linsley has surrendered 16 sacks and 15 quarterback hits throughout his career.

The continuity of Linsley's career remains uncertain, and retirement could be possible after earning an estimated $66.1 million in ten seasons.

Meanwhile, after Linsley's release, Bradley Bozeman, Brent Laing, and Bucky Williams will compete for the Chargers' starting center role.

-Lance Fernandez

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