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Chargers will not pick up Corey Liuget’s option

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It has been announced that the San Diego Chargers are not going to pick up defensive lineman Corey Liuget’s eight million dollar option for the 2019 season, per Pro Football Talk.

Broken up, the deal would pay out at four million dollars as a base salary, then an extra four million dollars for a roster bonus. This, however, does not spell the end for Liuget and the Chargers. The team understands the value in their defensive lineman.

“Corey’s made major contributions to this organization since being our first-round selection in 2011 both on and off the field,” Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said

The concerns are legitimate. Liuget is approaching 29 years of age and played in only six games for the Chargers last season. It is hard to want to pay someone eight million dollars if there are questions surrounding their health.

Liuget is more than just a defensive lineman though. He is a big part of the San Diego community. It will be very hard for both the player and the team to turn their back on that.

“He was our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2018 for a reason and you won’t find a player who made a bigger contribution in the community than Corey,” Telesco said.

The door may not be closed for a reunion, but the Chargers did kick Liuget out of the house. They might try to invite him back in, but there is no telling what wonders await the former first rounder on the free agent market. There is no guarantee he returns to San Diego.