Drue Tranquill Sets the Record Straight on Chargers Exit

Former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill has spoken out on his exit from the team this past offseason.
Dec 26, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) in the
Dec 26, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) in the / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers will have the unfortunate pleasure of watching division rival the Kansas City Chiefs play in the Super Bowl once again this Sunday. Making Kansas City's appearance sting even more is the fact former Chargers stud Drue Tranquill will be suiting up for the Chiefs.

Tranquill's exit from Los Angeles this past offseason was a massive story with conflicting information on the reason why it happened. Well, now Tranquill has offered personal insight on the matter.

The former Chargers linebacker told James Palmer of NFL Network that he was shocked he didn't end up back in L.A. Tranquill revealed the messaging he got from the organization, including ex-GM Tom Telesco, was that he would be re-signed.

Apparently, there was a change of heart from the franchise. Tranquill then ended up weighing offers from the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Chiefs, with the latter ultimately winning out because of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Talk about a bad look for this organization. It already reflected poorly on the Chargers that they let Tranquill get away and sign with a division rival. His strong 2023 campaign for KC made that decision ten times worse.

But said player coming out and revealing deception from the franchise? That's the kind of stuff agents around the league will keep in mind moving forward.

Los Angeles' leadership was clearly lacking during the Telseco-Brandon Staley regime, so it's a good thing both men are gone. Jim Harbaugh's penchant for developing strong cultures no matter where he is is exactly what the Chargers need to start turning things around.

Hopefully with Harbaugh and new GM Joe Hortiz now in charge, there won't be any mishaps like the one that took place with Tranquill.

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