For­mer first-rounder Fluker among cuts

Jets WR Mar­shall, Pack­ers DT Guion sus­pended by NFL.

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The Los An­ge­les Charg­ers have re­leased cor­ner­back Bran­don Flow­ers, of­fen­sive line­man D.J. Fluker and re­ceiver Ste­vie John­son.

The Charg­ers an­nounced the moves Tues­day.

Flow­ers spent three sea­sons with the Charg­ers af­ter mak­ing the Pro Bowl and leav­ing Kansas City in 2013. He made just four in­ter­cep­tions in his three sea­sons, and he ap­peared in just six games last year while deal­ing with a con­cus­sion.

Fluker was the Charg­ers’ first-round pick in 2013. The ver­sa­tile line­man was due to make $8.8 mil­lion next sea­son, and he started all 16 games last sea­son on the right side of the line.

John­son caught 45 passes for 497 yards and three touch­downs for the Charg­ers in 2015. He missed last sea­son af­ter in­jur­ing his knee early in train­ing camp.

Fal­cons: All-Pro wide re­ceiver Julio Jones is ex­pected to be ready for the start of train­ing camp af­ter hav­ing mi­nor foot surgery Mon­day, the club said.

Jones missed two games last sea­son with a sprained left toe and also missed prac­tice time in the sec­ond half of the sea­son with foot prob­lems. He still had 83 catches for 1,409 yards and six touch­downs and was named to his sec­ond straight All-Pro team.

Jets: The NFL sus­pended wide re­ceiver Jalin Mar­shall for the first four games of the 2017 sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s pol­icy on per­for­mance en­hancers. The sec­ond-year player from Ohio State can par­tic­i­pate in all off­sea­son team events, in­clud­ing train­ing camp and pre­sea­son games, be­fore serv­ing the sus­pen­sion.

Also a kick re­turner, Mar­shall made the Jets as an un­drafted free agent. He had 14 re­cep­tions for 162 yards and two touch­downs, but a torn labrum in his shoul­der forced him to miss six games.

Pack­ers: De­fen­sive line­man Letroy Guion was sus­pended with­out pay by the NFL for the first four games of the 2017 sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

The NFL said in a state­ment on Tues­day that Guion would be el­i­gi­ble to take part in all off­sea­son and pre­sea­son prac­tices, as well as pre­sea­son games.

Guion started 15 games last sea­son, mak­ing 30 tack­les. The nine-year veteran agreed to a three-year deal worth $11.25 mil­lion in Fe­bru­ary 2016 to stay with the Pack­ers.

Vik­ings: Line­backer Chad Green­way, 34, is fin­ished play­ing foot­ball, proud to be leav­ing the game “healthy and happy” and ready for retirement. Green­way con­cluded his 11-year ca­reer with a farewell news con­fer­ence at Vik­ings head­quar­ters. He turned his time at the podium into a 25-minute thank you to the peo­ple who in­flu­enced and sup­ported him in foot­ball.

Sea­hawks: Cor­ner­back De­Shawn Shead and backup line­backer Brock Coyle will not re­ceive qual­i­fy­ing of­fers, mean­ing both play­ers will be­come un­re­stricted free agents when the new league year be­gins later this week.

The de­ci­sion with Shead is sur­pris­ing af­ter he be­came Seat­tle’s start­ing cor­ner­back late in the 2015 sea­son and held the spot through­out 2016 op­po­site Richard Sher­man. The for­mer un­drafted free agent played well but suf­fered a torn ACL in Seat­tle’s play­off loss to At­lanta in Jan­uary.

Colts: Re-signed backup tight end Jack Doyle, keep­ing him off the free-agent mar­ket. Terms of the deal were not im­me­di­ately known. Doyle had the best sea­son of his fouryear ca­reer in 2016 with 59 re­cep­tions for 584 yards and five touch­downs.

Mean­time, of­fen­sive line­man Joe Reitz an­nounced his retirement. The 31-yearold played nine sea­sons, the past six with his home­town team, start­ing 44 games at both tackle and guard.

Pan­thers: De­fen­sive end Charles John­son will con­tinue his long ca­reer with Carolina af­ter sign­ing a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion. The 33-yearold John­son has played all 11 sea­sons with the Pan­thers. He ranks sec­ond in fran­chise his­tory with 67.5 sacks. He had 25 quar­ter­back hur­ries and four sacks last sea­son in 13 games.

Bron­cos: Placed sec­ond-round tenders on re­stricted free agents line­backer Todd Davis and kicker Bran­don McManus, whose one-year of­fers of $2.746 mil­lion rep­re­sent a pay in­crease of more than $2 mil­lion each.

49ers: Cut their sec­ond veteran player in two days, re­leas­ing safety An­toine Bethea. That move came hours af­ter the team an­nounced it had re­leased wide re­ceiver Torrey Smith.

Car­di­nals: Agreed to terms on a four-year con­tract to re­tain Jer­maine Gre­sham. The Car­di­nals had made re­tain­ing the 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end a pri­or­ity. Coach Bruce Ari­ans of­ten praised the player’s tough­ness and block­ing abil­ity, as well as his pass-catch­ing skills.

Bills: Ex­tended con­tract of­fers in re­tain­ing the rights to run­ning back Mike Gil­lislee and of­fen­sive line­man Ryan Groy.

Charg­ers OL D.J. Fluker (left) was due $8.8 mil­lion; LB Chad Green­way played 11 sea­sons in Min­nesota.

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