Ex-Michigan DL cut by Los Angeles Chargers


Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Carlo Kemp (54) runs during an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)AP


Former Michigan defensive lineman Carlo Kemp is a free agent once again.

The 6-foot-3, 281-pounder was cut by the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. NFL teams must finalize their 53-man rosters by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Kemp, who now plays outside linebacker, spent his second straight preseason with the Chargers and recorded four tackles, including a half-sack and a forced fumble. However, he has yet to appear in a regular season game since signing with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2021.

After being waived by Green Bay and then the Denver Broncos, Kemp had a standout 2022 season for the Pittsburgh Maulers in the United States Football League. He finished fifth in the league in sacks (five) and eighth in tackles (51), leading to a contract with the Chargers. After being cut last preseason, he spent the year on the team’s practice squad. The Boulder, Colorado native could join Los Angeles’ practice squad again in 2023 if he doesn’t receive another opportunity elsewhere.

At Michigan, Kemp had 81 tackles and 4 ½ sacks over five seasons (45 games). He was an all-Big Ten third-team honoree in 2019, recording 40 tackles, including 4 ½ for loss and two sacks in 12 games.

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