Chargers decide to waive former first-round pick Jerry Tillery

The Chargers waived defenseman Jerry Tillery, a first-round pick in 2019, Thursday.

Tillery had missed practice for the past two days for a “personal” reason.

“This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, it was a necessary decision that is in the best interests of both the team and the player,” general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. “We wish Jerry all the best in his career.”

The Chargers selected Tillery with the 28th overall from Notre Dame. His career started slowly, but he eventually emerged as a 15-game starter in 2021, finishing with 4½ sacks and 51 tackles.

But Tillery’s playing time dwindled in 2022 after the Chargers rebuilt their defense in the offseason. He has had eight tackles in seven games this season.

The Chargers made the move despite also losing starting defenseman Austin Johnson for the season this week. Johnson suffered a knee injury against Atlanta on Sunday. Chargers decide to waive former first-round pick Jerry Tillery

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