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Chargers get out of the Atari Bigby business

San Diego Chargers v Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 28: Strong safety Atari Bigby #26 of the San Diego Chargers nearly intercepts a pass intended for tight end Alex Smith #81 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Chargers 7-6. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Add another veteran defensive back to the discard pile.

The Chargers announced Friday afternoon that they have cut safety Atari Bigby. He joins Dawan Landry, Aaron Ross and Chris Gamble as experienced secondary players cut loose by teams opening up cap and roster space ahead of free agency.

Bigby started the first 11 games of the season for the Chargers, but missed the final five after going on injured reserve with a groin injury. He spent the 2011 season with the Seahawks and played for Green Bay for the first six years of his career. He turns 32 in September, an age that should keep him from ranking too high on anyone’s shopping list for safety help in what’s looking like a fairly deep market at the position.

The Chargers will save $1.5 million under the cap by parting ways with Bigby. They used Corey Lynch and rookie Brandon Taylor in Bigby’s place after the injury. Taylor, a third-round pick in 2012, would be in the mix for the starting job but may be sidelined into the season after tearing his ACL in December.