A healthy scratch the first three games of the 2015 season, the San Diego Chargers finally executed what most fans considered a head scratcher to start the regular season.
They released running back Donald Brown, using the vacant roster spot to add guard Michael Ola from the practice squad to the active roster.
Brown was San Diego’s top free agent addition last year, signing a three-year, $10.4 million deal, including $4 million in guaranteed money. But he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry and missed three games due to a concussion.
The Chargers then drafted Melvin Gordon in the first round of this year’s draft, and some NFL observers believed the team would move on from Brown. Instead, the Chargers kept the University of Connecticut product on the final roster for Week 1, guaranteeing his $3 million salary for the 2015 season.