Chargers release Doug Flutie

The San Diego Chargers released veteran quarterback Doug Flutie on Friday. It marked the end of a four year tenure with the Bolts.

Rather than go into the season with four quarterbacks on the roster, as they did during the 2004 campaign, the Chargers released 42-year old quarterback Doug Flutie.

A starter in his first year with the Chargers, Flutie was supplanted by Drew Brees as the starter in 2002 and saw only spot duty from then on, with the ocassional start.

Flutie finished his career in San Diego having completed 408 of 737 passes (55.4%) for 4,901 yards, 25 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and a record of 8-14 as a starter.

"Doug has had a great career in pro football and I feel proud to be a part of it," said Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith, who was instrumental in bringing Flutie to Buffalo as a free agent in 1998 and spent seven years with him both in Buffalo and San Diego. "While watching him work everyday in both Buffalo and San Diego, Doug always brought strong character and competitiveness to the quarterback position. Those traits have allowed him to have such a long and memorable career."

"It was a difficult decision, but with the development of Drew, Philip and Cleo, we wanted to make the move now to give Doug a chance to sign on with another team if he desires," said Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer. "Doug is one of the most competitive athletes I have ever met. Doug has had a long and memorable career. It was a pleasure to work with him."

Flutie surmised after starting the final game of the 2004 season against Kansas City that it might be the last time he throws a touchdown pass or has a rushing touchdown - both accomplished against the Chiefs. His last touchdown pass in San Diego went to Ryan Krause in the back of the end zone.

At the time, Flutie said: "Who knows when I'm going to have the chance for another rushing touchdown? I wanted to hang onto it in case it ends up being my last."

Flutie issued the following statement: "I owe my great time in San Diego to John (Butler) and A.J. (Smith) who brought me there.  A.J. and I still have a great relationship.  There are no hard feelings … it's a mutual parting.  It's the right thing for me.  It opens up other doors of opportunity for me if I want.  Rather than retiring outright, I wanted to be released so that I could pursue other things if they arise." 

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