Among the 25 players the Chargers left as unprotected free agents Wednesday were inside linebacker Chuck Faucette and center Don Macek.
Faucette was the team's leading tackler last season before he injured his neck in the eighth game. He spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. Also on the unprotected list were defensive lineman Tyrone Keys and safety Martin Bayless. Faucette, Keys and Bayless are represented by agent Steve Feldman, who has until April 2 to negotiate with other teams for his clients.
Macek, a 13-year veteran from Boston College, started the first five games and spent the rest of the year on injured reserve with a bad shoulder.
The Chargers protected 37 of their 62 players from free agency by naming them on a list submitted Wednesday to the league office. The NFL's other 27 teams also protected 37 players each. The NFL Management Council says it will release the lists today. The lists are an attempt by the league to avoid a judgment against them in their court battle over free agency with the NFL Players Assn.