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By PFW staff

The Chargers trimmed their roster of two veterans Thursday, parting ways with NT Jamal Williams and RB Michael Bennett.

Williams, 33, has been a stout run stuffer for the Chargers since joining the team in 1998, but he spent nearly all of the 2009 season on injured reserve with a triceps injury. Despite being a three-time Pro Bowler, Williams has dealt with multiples injuries lately and was due $6 million (including bonuses) this season, apparently too much for GM A.J. Smith to justify.

“This is a difficult time of year and the most difficult part of our job,” said Smith. “Jamal has been an anchor of our defense for 12 seasons. He’s battled courageously at one of the most punishing positions on the field, and I respect him immensely.”

Bennett, meanwhile, came to San Diego during the '08 campaign but appeared in just six games last season as the club's third-string running back. Even though the Chargers recently released starter LaDainian Tomlinson, they still viewed the 31-year-old Bennett as expendable.

“We have a plan for the offseason,” said Smith. “It’s a long offseason and we’ll have many options. We’re confident we’ll be able to add strong depth at all positions, including running back.”

Following these two roster moves, it's very likely that the Bolts will address the running back and nose tackle positions early in April's draft, as they are very thin at each spot.

The Chargers also announced that they have agreed on a two-year contract with DT Antonio Garay, who was set to become an RFA.


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