It was a busy day for the Chargers front office on Thursday as the team released four players. One notable pink slip goes to former third-round pick and 2013 team captain, inside linebacker Donald Butler. Butler missed his rookie season with an Achilles injury, but he returned to play in 71 games over the last five seasons, including 62 starts.
Butler shared the news on his twitter before the Chargers released an official statement. Butler’s message to his followers read, "It's been an amazing ride SD. To my teammates and fans who have supported me throughout (the) last 6 years I am forever appreciative and grateful. Also, to the Spanos family for giving me the opportunity to play in a great city in front of great fans. So excited for what's next and the opportunities ahead! To God be the glory!"
It was just two years ago Butler signed a lucrative seven-year, $51.8 million contract, but then faded away during the 2015 season. His career totals include 432 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three interceptions.
The Chargers also released running back Donald Brown and linebackers Kavell Conner and Chi Chi Ariguzo.