In a statement released by the team on Saturday, the Chargers indicated that they would relegate Mouton to their “injured reserve” if he were not claimed by another team, but for now, he is up for bidding. Mouton, the former Michigan Wolverines product, appeared in only 3 games last year for San Diego (contributing only 1 tackle), but it was believed that he would be a potential contributor for the Chargers in 2013.
It isn’t a blatant shock that the club would release him, but it is always interesting to see if any other NFL team will pounce on a 6-foot-2, 240 pound linebacker with solid athleticism. He hasn’t achieved much in the NFL and, obviously, the road back from a torn ACL is long, but Mouton has talent, and that is at a premium in the league today.
However, it will be a mild surprise if he is claimed before passing through waivers and, as such, he’ll likely be placed on injured reserve short order. The Chargers have an interesting rebuilding project underway, but they’ll be starting it down a linebacker.