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.