Ryan McNeil, the former cornerback, and converted safety, has been released by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday morning.
McNeil, expected to compete at safety for the Chargers, played cornerback last season for the team and collected 12 passes defensed, which led the team, and four fumble recoveries. He was tied for fourth on team with 79 tackles and had one interception.
This season McNeil was expected to at least hold the fort until Terrence Kiel returned to the field.
Instead Kwamie Lassiter, acquired in the offseason as a free agent from Arizona, will take over at free safety full time. It was said that Lassiter would change positions and play strong safety, but now he appears to have a stranglehold on the starters spot with McNeil gone.
McNeil was signed by the Chargers in 2001 and paid immediate dividends with a Pro Bowl season that saw him collect eight interceptions and 16 passes defensed.
Word filtered out after practice that McNeil was cut and Donnie Edwards could only shake his head when asked about the mood of the defense after such a blow.
Hanik Milligan got major praise from the coaching staff for his work in Saturday's game against Seattle. His play could also have figured into the decision.
Onome Ojo was also cut by the team.
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