The Chargers released four players on Monday, including SS Kevin Ellison.
The move had been anticipated following Ellison's May arrest, when police found 100 Vicodin pills in his car. He did not have a prescription for the medication, and he is due in court July 7. After the arrest, Ellison was ordered to stay away from San Diego's minicamp.
A sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft out of USC, Ellison started nine games as a rookie and finished the season with 52 tackles and three passes defended. The Chargers weren't overly satisfied with his play, however, and drafted SS Darrell Stuckey in the fourth round in April to strengthen the position. With Ellison gone, Stuckey and veteran Steve Gregory are likely to compete for the starting job in training camp.
The Chargers also cut veteran DT Ian Scott, who started seven games for them last season and had 16 tackles and one sack. Expected to be in the starting mix once again, his release means Ogemdi Nwagbuo and rookie Cam Thomas are line for significant playing time at nose tackle.
San Diego's other two cuts were undrafted free agents FB Cory Jackson and WR Jordyn Jackson.
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