12 Chargers Who Won't Return Next Season

Jim Harbaugh is ushering in an era of change for the Chargers, and that will start with bidding farewell to plenty of familiar faces.

Oct 29, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30)
Oct 29, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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11. Scott Matlock

Continuing the cut candidate trend here, it is absolutely not too early to give up on Scott Matlock.

The 2023 sixth-round pick got a good chance to prove himself as a rookie, playing 266 defensive snaps with another 94 on special teams. That's the silver lining of having a defensive line that played so poorly — the Chargers got a nice long look at a bunch of different options.

And Matlock is clearly not a real option. He was one of the league's worst defenders, ranking 127th out of 130 interior defensive linemen in PFF grading. A late draft pick out of Boise State was always fighting an uphill battle to be a productive NFL player, and now he's even more of a longshot.

I won't say it's impossible that he turns things around, but it's certainly not likely enough to give him a roster spot.

And that's another silver lining here. Getting to see Matlock play, struggles and all, makes it a lot easier to make a roster decision.

He is likely to be released this offseason, and with the way he played last year it's likely not even worth the Chargers giving him a practice squad spot if (when) he clears waivers.