Los Angeles Chargers decline to pick 5th-year option on defensive tackle Jerry Tillery

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers declined to pick the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

Tillery, the 28th overall pick in the 2019 draft, started 29 games in the first three years of his career. He started 15 of 16 games last season and had a career-high 4 1/2 sacks along with 14 quarterback hits. He also had 51 tackles.

Tillery, however, has been penalized 13 times over the past two seasons, which is tied for third among defensive linemen in the NFL.

“Jerry had a great role for us last year. I expect an even bigger role this year,” general manager Tom Telesco said of Tillery last week.

It’s the first time since Telesco became general manager in 2013 that the Chargers haven’t chosen the fifth-year option on a player he drafted.

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