Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget has been busted for the use of PEDS and will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 season.
#Chargers DL Corey Liuget was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2018
The seven-year Charger veteran has become a locker room leader. Currently, under a five year, 58.5 million dollar contract, it seems that Corey is a big part of the Chargers future plans. However, although he was dominant in the early years of his career, in 2017, Liuget recorded a near-career low with just 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Also struggling with some injury problems, one has to wonder if Liuget has anything left in the tank.
We’ve seen it many times. Guys get that nice, big contract, and it takes the chip off their shoulder. They stop working and stay content with their level of progression. A dangerous territory, who knows if Corey Liuget will ever be the same player.
But at the end of the day, although there are some significant concerns, Los Angeles can’t run the risk of giving up on a 28-year old. There’s no reason to cut someone off of one bad year and some poor decision making off the field. It would take a few more slip-ups before Los Angeles even starts to consider the possibility of trading/cutting him.