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Chargers release S Hart; sign DT Scott

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The San Diego Chargers have released starting SS Clinton Hart, a league source told Scout.com. To replace Hart on their 53-man roster, the Chargers signed free-agent DT Ian Scott. Hart joined the Chargers in 2004 and has been a starting safety since 2007. But league sources said he has struggled all season in pass coverage.
Hart is signed through 2012 and a source said while Hart's salary cap number for 2009 was just over $2.6 million, the team already paid him a roster bonus of $1.2 million earlier this year. He carried a base salary of $1.3 million. Third-year S Steve Gregory, who signed an extension in 2008, is a possible replacement — as is rookie S Kevin Ellison. However, a source said Ellison might have the inside track on the job opening because he has a little more size than Gregory. Gregory has appeared in all four games played so far by the Chargers and has started one. Ellison has only appeared in one game and hasn't recorded a tackle. Scott was signed since the Chargers need depth on the defensive line after the loss of tackle Jamal Williams, out for the season with a triceps injury. Scott, a seven-year veteran, joined the Chargers last September and appeared in four games. He was released at the conclusion of training camp. In their last game, the Chargers fell behind Pittsburgh 28-0 before losing 38-28. The Chargers allowed 497 yards of offense. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tagged: Clinton Hart, Kevin Ellison, Steve Gregory, Chargers

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