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Chargers release Butler, Brown

The veteran linebacker was released from the Chargers, along with three others.

The Chargers released four players Thursday, parting ways with inside linebacker Donald Butler, running back Donald Brown and linebackers Kavell Conner and Chi Chi Ariguzo.

Butler, a third-round draft pick in 2010, was signed to a seven year, $51.8 million contract two years ago. His production decreased following the extension, to the point where he was merely a backup to rookie Denzel Perryman in 2015.

Butler posted this on social media:

The Sacramento native was scheduled to make $4.65 million in 2016.

Also released was Brown, who came to San Diego as a free agent after signing a three-year, $10.5 million contract ($4 million guaranteed) in 2014. The ex-Colt rushed for 452 yards and a touchdown over the last two seasons. Brown, a respected veteran, was overshadowed by Danny Woodhead, Melvin Gordon and Branden Oliver, among others.

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