Chargers Release Receiver Still
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Wide receiver Bryan Still, one of general manager Bobby Beathard’s draft-day gambles, was released Tuesday after 3 1/2 disappointing seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
The move opens the way for the Chargers to promote a player from the developmental squad, either wide receiver Robert Reed or quarterback Moses Moreno.
The Chargers sent their 1997 first-round draft pick to Tampa Bay for the right to take Still in the second round of the 1996 draft. He was a bust, though, catching just 81 passes for 1,167 yards and two touchdowns while starting 13 of 49 games played.
Still played in only four of nine games this year, catching eight passes for 96 yards. He was active but didn’t play in a victory over Seattle on Oct. 17, then was inactive the last four games.
``We’re sorry it didn’t work out,″ Beathard said. ``It was just a decision we felt we had to make to help us in another way, with another guy.″
Coach Mike Riley said he didn’t think Still would be activated again this season, and didn’t foresee him re-signing with the Chargers after becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
The Chargers have several players injured, and will determine who will be available for Sunday’s game against Chicago before deciding if they’ll sign Reed or Moreno to the active roster.
Still skipped a minicamp in the spring and his agent wondered why he hadn’t been offered a contract similar to that of Charlie Jones, who was re-signed for $4.4 million over four seasons.
Jones, a fourth-round pick in 1996, caught 46 passes more than Still the previous three seasons.
Tampa Bay spent that 1997 first-round pick on Reidel Anthony, who had 86 catches for 1,156 yards and 11 TDs in two seasons.