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Chargers Release Jared Gaither

After signing a 4-year $24.5 million contract, Gaither played just 4 games last season

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    Offensive tackle Jared Gaither gets set on the line against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on September 30, 2012.

    Controversial offensive lineman Jared Gaither was released Wednesday by the San Diego Chargers.

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    At 6 feet 9 inches tall, 360 pounds and loaded with talent Gaither appeared to be the perfect left tackle...but like his previous stops in Baltimore and Kansas City, Gaither burned out with the Bolts.

    After signing a 4-year $24.5 million free agent contract, Gaither played in just four games last season. He earned $9 million for those four games. Gaither's absence was a big reason for the Chargers O-Line troubles.

    Gaither claimed injuries kept him from playing, but inside the Chargers locker room players doubted the seriousness of Gaither's injuries and doubted his commitment to the team.

    The Chargers will take a huge $6 million salary cap hit by releasing Gaither. That just hints at how much the new Chargers regime didn't want Gaither around when voluntary workouts start April 1.

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