Last year, the Chargers were desperate for depth at outside linebacker. They signed Travis LaBoy to a 2-year contract but did not get the kind of production from him they would have liked.
LaBoy started 14 games, but had just 47 tackles and a career-low one sack.
Meanwhile, Antwan Barnes was emerging as a viable pass-rusher off the edge with a career-high 10 sacks. Then in the off-season the Chargers signed veteran Jarret Johnson from the Ravens and used a first round draft pick on Melvin Ingram. Those guys, along with Shaun Phillips, intriguing youngster Darryl Gamble, and a (hopefully) healthy Larry English made LaBoy expendable.
So the Chargers released him on Monday. LaBoy is a veteran presence and should find his way on to another roster before training camps start in July.