Chargers make roster cuts

The Chargers released 21 players today to reach the NFL's mandatory 53-man roster limit.

WR Ricky Bryant
T Jeromey Clary
RB Larry Croom
QB Brett Elliott
FB Jonathan Evans
LB Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
CB Steve Gregory
TE Kelly Griffeth
RB Tyronne Gross
T Ben Johnson
S Andre Lott
DT Brandon McKinney
S Mitch Meeuwsen
C Nick Mihlhauser
S Hanik Milligan
WR Robert Ortiz
DE Chase Page
RB Ray Perkins
LB Jonathan Pollard
G Wes Sims
DT Alvin Smith

The team's 53-man active roster features 13 new faces, including three players who joined the team in 2006 as free agents – safety Marlon McCree (Carolina), tight end Aaron Shea (Cleveland) and center-guard Cory Withrow; four draft choices and a fifth player acquired in a draft-day trade – cornerback Antonio Cromartie (first-round), tackle Marcus McNeill (second-round), quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (third-round), linebacker Tim Dobbins (fifth-round) and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, who was acquired by the Chargers from St. Louis in exchange for San Diego's fourth-round choice in this year's draft; and four players who spent all or most of 2005 on the practice squad – wide receivers Greg Camarillo and Malcom Floyd, tackle Cory Lekkerkerker and defensive tackle Ryon Bingham.

Cornerback and return specialist Cletis Gordon is the only undrafted rookie on the 53-man roster. Last year only Marques Harris and Derreck Robinson made the roster as undrafted free agents, both of whom are back on the team this year.


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