The Chargers released Mebane on Friday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Mebane, who contemplated retirement last offseason, has spent the last four seasons with Los Angeles. He notched 27 tackles and a sack across 13 regular-season games in 2019. If the 35-year-old opts to continue his career, he'll be immediately free to look for a shot as a rotational linebacker elsewhere in the league. Per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, Mebane's release frees up $4.25 against the salary cap for the Chargers.
Mebane tallied 27 tackles (15 solo) and a sack over 13 games during the 2019 season.
The end of the road appears to be looming for the 35-year-old. Mebane, who contemplated retirement last offseason only to return for his fourth season with the Chargers, missed three games in 2019 due to injury, and posted his lowest tackle figures since the 2016 season as a result. Relatively deep along the defensive line, the Chargers could very well choose not to retain Mebane should the veteran nose tackle opt to play in his 14th professional season.
Mebane recorded one tackle in the team's Week 10 loss to the Raiders.
Mebane had been battling a knee injury that held him out of action for three consecutive contests prior to Thursday's loss. He played 34 defensive snaps for the team in his return, roughly equaling his playing time prior to the injury. The Chargers remain somewhat shorthanded at defensive tackle with both Justin Jones (shoulder) and Cortez Broughton (illness) sidelined, meaning Mebane could play a bigger role going forward if their absences persist.
Mebane (knee) is active for Thursday's game against the Raiders.
Mebane will take the field for the first time since Oct. 13 versus the Steelers. The veteran defensive tackle recorded a 63-percent snap share in that contest, and he'll be expected to clog the running lanes against highly touted rookie Josh Jacobs.
Mebane (knee) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against Green Bay.
Mebane was listed as doubtful for the contest after just a limited showing in Friday's practice, so his absence isn't surprising. With fellow starter Justin Jones (shoulder) also inactive for the clash, Jerry Tillery and Damion Square are expected to get the starts at defensive tackle for Week 9.
Mebane (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game versus Green Bay.
Mebane returned to the practice field for a limited session Friday but may end up sitting out his third straight contest. Fellow starter Justin Jones (shoulder) is also doubtful, likely leaving Jerry Tillery and Damion Square to start at defensive tackle.
Mebane (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game at Chicago.
Mebane will miss his second straight game after picking up the knee injury Week 6 versus the Steelers. Damion Square and Jerry Tillery should start at defensive tackle Sunday since Justin Jones (shoulder) is also sidelined.
Mebane (knee) is ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Titans.
Mebane appears to have picked up a knee injury Week 6 against the Steelers. With Justin Jones (shoulder) also ruled out, the Chargers will have to rely on Jerry Tillery and Damion Square as starters at defensive tackle Sunday.
Mebane recorded two tackles (one solo) and a sack across 31 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
The veteran nose tackle rarely records sacks these days, as this is just his third in his three-plus seasons with the Chargers. A run stuffer on the defensive line, Mebane doesn't offer much IDP value, especially considering he is only playing in about half of the team's defensive snaps this season.
Mebane re-signed with the Chargers on Wednesday on a two-year contract, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The money involved in the deal isn't known, but it's likely that the 34-year-old veteran agreed to a pay cut after receiving a three-year, $13.5 million deal from the Chargers the last time he was a free agent. A valuable leader in the locker room, Mebane should remain a prominent part of the Chargers' defensive-line rotation.
Mebane's representation met with general manager Tom Telesco at the NFL Scouting Combine and discussed the possibility of him returning to the Chargers, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Mebane will enter unrestricted free agency at the start of the new year, but there's certainly a chance the 34-year-old could return to the Chargers after three productive seasons with the team. Darius Philon and Justin Jones are expected to compete for the starting nose tackle job regardless of whether Mebane returns, so it's likely the veteran defensive tackle will have to return for less than his previous three-year, $13 million contract.
Mebane (personal) will play during Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Patriots, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Mebane sat out last week's win over the Ravens following the tragic loss of his daughter but is expected to suit up versus the Patriots. Justin Jones will likely return to a backup role with Mebane active.
Mebane (not injury-related) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Ravens.
The Chargers' nose tackle did not practice this past week while tending to a family matter and was listed as doubtful for the contest. The 33-year-old posted 40 tackles and a sack in 12 games (all starts) during the regular season.
Mebane (personal) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice.
Mebane is trending toward retaking the field Saturday against the Ravens after having missed four straight games due to personal reasons. If the 32-year-old practices fully Wednesday and Thursday, he could resume his full workload immediately.
Mebane (personal) is confident he will playe in Saturday's game against the Ravens, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Mebane has missed the last four games due to complications following the birth of his daughter, though he can now return to the team since she has stabilized. It remains to be seen whether the 32-year-old resumes his full workload immediately, but he appears on track to play Saturday's game.
Mebane (personal) is listed as inactive for Thursday's game against the Chiefs, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Mebane will miss a fourth consecutive game after failing to return to the team this week due to an ongoing personal matter, so Justin Jones should continue to see additional reps at defensive tackle next to Darius Philon and T.Y. McGill.
Mebane (personal) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's matchup with the Chiefs.
Mebane didn't practice all week and -- as of Tuesday -- remains away from the team. The California product has missed the last three games as he tends to a personal matter with his family. Justin Jones will likely retain his increased role against the Chiefs.
Mebane (personal) did not practice Tuesday, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.
There is little information regarding Mebane's current absence from the field. Should he return to practice before Saturday, all signs would point toward an active status. As for now, it's more of a wait-and-see approach with the 12-year veteran.
Mebane (personal) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice report.
Mebane returned to the Chargers' facility last week after missing two games to be with his family. The veteran defensive tackle continues to work his way back to game form, but he may not have enough time to get cleared before Thursday's showdown with the Chiefs. Look for his status in Tuesday's practice to be a major indicator as to whether he returns this week.
Mebane (personal) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Mebane left the team Friday to address the personal matter and was deemed doubtful heading into the weekend, so his absence was fully expected. The defensive tackle has played in 10 of the Chargers' 12 games to date, registering 32 tackles and a sack.
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