Undrafted Rookie WR Courtney Gardner, Chargers part ways

5/8/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with 20 rookie free agents in days following the 2013 NFL Draft, but there is one name on the list who is no longer with the team.
According to reports, Courtney Gardner and San Diego Chargers agreed to part ways so that the rookie free agent could attend some personal matters. There still remain questions whether this could be the end of Courtney Gardner’s pro career without the wide receiver even taking a crack at NFL regular season roster.
Personal matters also caught up with Courtney Gardner during his early football career. Coming out of high school, Courtney Gardner was originally committed to Nevada but academic issues closed that door for him. Courtney Gardner then headed to Sierra College and was sought by many major football programs as a junior college All-American. And although he committed various times, Courtney Grader was never able to attend school. That includes when Courtney Gardener committed to Oklahoma but was unable play in 2012 due to academic complications. So, Courtney Gardener instead decided to declare for the 2013 NFL draft.
He caught 61 passes for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011, during his last year at Sierra College.
Cournety Gardner has also been twice arrested in his hometown of Reno Nevada, once for possession of alcohol by a minor and once on a misdemeanor obstruction charge.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Courtney Gardener has the talent and athletic ability to become an NFL wide receiver. The San Diego Charger hosted him for a pre-draft visit in April before reaching a deal shortly afterwards. He also reportedly drew interest from several other teams during the period. But it’s still highly questionable if Courtney Gardner will be able to truly focus on-field.
The San Diego Chargers will still have 20 rookie free agents under contract, heading into their three-day rookie minicamp that begins on Friday. Last week, quarterback Mike Hermann, who went undrafted out of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, signed a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.
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