Chargers Release Former First-Round Pick

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On Thursday night as the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons were on the field, another NFL team made headlines.

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The Los Angeles Chargers made the surprising decision to release a former first-round pick. The team announced it has moved on from defensive lineman Jerry Tillery.

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In a statement from general manager Tom Telesco, he said this move was "necessary."

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"Jerry has been a valued member of our organization since arriving in 2019, and I want to thank him for all his contributions to the Chargers," said General Manager Tom Telesco.

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"This was not an easy decision but, after careful consideration, it was a necessary one that is in the best interest of both team and player. We wish Jerry all the best moving forward in his career."

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The Chargers declined his fifth-year option earlier this year, which would have made him a free agent after the season.

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Now he'll have the chance to join a new team as the 2022 season rolls on.

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