Had things gone according to plan, English would have had the ability to become a free agent this offseason. But things haven’t gone to plan at all.
English, a highlight machine coming out of Northern Illinois has struggled heavily with San Diego, both in regards to injury and his play on the field.
During the past four seasons, English has only played in 36 games and the time he did play was minimal. Because of that, he was unable to hit the playing-time percentage kicker in his contract that would have allowed him to opt-out of his contract. He will now be under contract with the Chargers for the upcoming season, this according to Pro Football Talk:
In response to our list of AFC West potential free agents, based largely on the NFLPA official list of free agents, a Chargers source advises PFT that English did not reach the playing-time percentage necessary to void the final year of his original six-year deal.
English did seem to turn a bit of a corner this season before being placed in the injured reserve. It’s not known if the Chargers plan to keep him around or will release/trade the former first round draft pick.