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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7. Kenneth Murray

Kenneth Murray's future with the Chargers became very bleak last May when the team opted to decline the fifth-year option on his contract, allowing him to hit free agency this spring.

He was still given a starting job, which he held onto for the entire season, but the 2020 first-round pick did nothing that will have changed the team's mind about letting him walk.

His 107 tackles matched his career-high, sure, but that's not exactly a jaw-dropping number for an off-ball linebacker in 17 games. And it's not like he was making hero plays on most of these tackles. A fair number of them were just routine cleanup tackles that you'd expect any NFL linebacker to make.

And if you didn't notice Murray much while watching the Chargers (you can be forgiven, he didn't exactly stand out), then rest assured that the 52.9 grade he received from PFF, which ranked 57th among 82 qualifying linebackers, does accurately reflect the way he played.

Murray quickly started to earn the draft bust label in 2020, and while that was probably premature, those who gave it to him have become clearly justified over the last few seasons.