On Monday, the Chargers released former starting safety Kevin Ellison after he was recently arrested for drug possession. The next day, he was claimed off of waivers by the Seattle Seahawks and his former college coach, Pete Carroll. However, just yesterday, the Seahawks decided to waive Ellison.
He was not waived because of performance issues or worry about him being suspended, but instead because he was unable to pass the Seahawks’ physical… Now, I’m pretty sure that Ellison has been participating in Chargers’ off-season workouts for awhile now after they allowed him to return. He needed to pass a physical by the Chargers in order to participate, and yet now that he is up in Seattle, he was unable to do so again.
Now that Ellison has been released, the Chargers have been inserted into a situation where some sort of injury grievance could be a possibility. Since it seems that the Chargers released him while he was injured, Ellison could be able to receive all or part of his 2010 salary, causing even more problems for GM A.J. Smith to wrap his sometimes-clouded mind around.
There seems to be something fishy going on up in Seattle. An article from Pro Football Talk also looks into the possibility of some sort of conspiracy involving Ellison and Carroll.
As the situation continues to unravel, we’ll see just how much of a headache this will become for Smith and the Chargers.