Normally we're not too concerned with seventh round picks being cut after a year in the system but Demetrius Byrd is a bit different.
In the 2009 lead up to the April NFL draft, Demetrius Byrd was projected by most folks to be a mid-round pick. However, just a week before the draft, he was in a major car accident that left him in critical condition. This pretty much ended any thoughts of him being drafted.
Or so we thought.
The Chargers made him a seventh round draft pick -- a project basically -- and hoped he would heal in reasonable time. He was placed on the non-football injury/illness list and didn't play a down in the 2009 season.
The Chargers giving him a contract in 2009 despite the injury was a very classy move.
(Which they kindly pointed out how classy in their press release).