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Chargers release McCardell, Foley, Kiel

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-chargers-moves&amp;prov=ap&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    By Bernie Wilson

    <img src="http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060808/images/sp_mccardell.jpg" title="Keenan McCardell was one of three Chargers released on Thursday." alt="Keenan McCardell was one of three Chargers released on Thursday." align="right" height="238" width="184" />SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Receiver Keenan McCardell was released Thursday by the San Diego Chargers, who also got rid of linebacker Steve Foley and safety Terrence Kiel, both of whom had multiple run-ins with the law.

    The moves came several hours before the start of free agency.

    McCardell, ninth on the NFL's all-time list with 861 catches, turned 37 last month. After catching nine touchdown passes in 2005, he had zero last year, when he was the team's fourth-leading receiver with just 36 passes for 437 yards and no touchdowns.

    McCardell has had five 1,000-yard seasons, and was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they won the Super Bowl following the 2002 season. He has 11,117 career receiving yards and 62 touchdowns.

    Foley was shot three times on Sept. 3 by an off-duty Coronado police officer who suspected him of drunken driving. Foley missed the season and said last month that his career might be over. The outside linebacker, who had 10 sacks in 2004, forfeited $775,000 in salary.

    Neither the Chargers nor Foley's agent will say whether the team has tried to recoup an $875,000 roster bonus Foley was paid last spring.

    "It's a very sad, tragic situation, as we all know," Smith said.

    Foley has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and faces a jury trial on May 7. Police say Foley had a blood-alcohol level of 0.233 percent, nearly three times California's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

    The linebacker recently filed a civil suit against policeman Aaron Mansker and the city of Coronado. Foley was arrested in April for scuffling with San Diego police officers, but wasn't charged.

    Kiel pleaded guilty last month to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas, part of a plea bargain that could allow him to avoid jail time. He was led off the practice field and arrested in the locker room by Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Sept. 26. The DEA said then that Kiel admitted to shipping at least two

    Kiel still faces charges for urinating outside a nightclub Dec. 18 in downtown San Diego, several hours after the Chargers' home victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.

    "The way we evaluate players, you're a Charger one year at a time," general manager A.J. Smith said. "You're judged off the field, on the field, production and work ethic."

    Smith also put a first-and-third tender on restricted free agent running back Michael Turner, the backup to LaDainian Tomlinson. If another team signs Turner to an offer sheet, the Chargers can either match the offer or receive that team's first- and third-round picks in the 2007 draft.

    Smith reiterated that re-signing left guard Kris Dielman is a priority, but that the agent for the unrestricted free agent is asking for more than the team is willing to pay.

    The Chargers did not tender a contract to restricted free agent tight end Ryan Krause, who faces a DUI charge.

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