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Chargers to release former first-rounder D.J. Fluker and two others

Chargers to release former first-rounder D.J. Fluker and two others

The Chargers are releasing former first-round pick D.J. Fluker, a move that gives a massive boast to their salary cap situation while creating more holes on their offensive line.

The team is also cutting veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers and wide receiver Stevie Johnson.

The three moves give the Chargers more than $19 million in additional cap space as they enter free agency this week.

Fluker, whom the team selected 11th overall in the 2013 draft, started all 16 games last season at guard for the Chargers. But his inconsistent performances made Fluker and the $8.8 million due to him next season expendable.

He’s also played tackle for the Chargers in the...

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