Nick Hardwick Will Return for 2014 Season


Nick Hardwick met with the Chargers staff today and said that he will return for the 2014 season. Great news for the team. The Chargers won’t be in an immediate need for a center for next season and they can look to develop a center during the year.

Hardwick is a key player for the offensive line and will be able to help the line push for another playoff spot.

I am sure that Philip and the rest of the crew breathed a sigh of relief knowing that Nick will be back.

Great news for the team.

H/T Michael Gehlken

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • Gunnar Martin

    This is fantastic. He is crucial to our O-line’s performance. The news doesn’t rule out the possibility of drafting his replacement in this draft, but it is great to hear nonetheless. I hope we make his final year a special one.

  • vct

    Hell ya! Still need to draft or sign an undrafted player to learn from him though.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Hell Yeah!!! TT work that magic come March 11th and the Draft!!!!

  • Julien Bélair

    I’m not surprise at all. There is no hurry for him to retire plus he might think that the Chargers could possibly make a SB run next year and he sure wants to be part of it.

    I am sure REALLY happy about it !

  • arnie
    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Agree, agree, agree…… agree.

      • arnie

        While we’re on the subject go look aaaaaaalllllll those Tackles. Left, Right, Guards. The Chargers could fill their O-line depth an future starters on this draft class. The two things that stood out for me was “versatility” and “health”.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I have the combine DVR’d. Had to do my own brakes today.. fools were trying to hose me. Cost me $75, and lifetime replacement for the pads… also had my cat neutered today. I’ll watch it this evening, and we can talk shop asap!

          • arnie

            Believe me plenty to talk about.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            What names caught your eye?

          • Sergio Quintero

            Xavier Sua-Filo looks like a worthy 2nd round pick, the top 3 LT’s will be long gone by 25, but they can really play.

          • arnie

            I agree. However if we have to place priorities, LT is not need right now, so i’m not even going in that direction. C an G concerns me at the moment. If they could draft a Center, that can play R/LG,would give the Chargers options.
            This would allow him to back up Troutman/Rinehart, Clary/Ohrnberger, and Hardwick, or just replace Clary. And allow him to slide into Center if Hardwick choses not to return in 2015. That would be ideal.

          • arnie

            Besides the three mentioned above?
            Xavier Su’a-Filo, Guard out of UCLA, Taylor Lewan LT from Michigan, the kid is 6’7″, 309lbs and ran the 40 in 4.87! Greg Robinson LT from Auburn. of the top of my head

          • Sergio Quintero

            Antonio Richardson got some pretty bad pub from Mayock, doesn’t sound like a guy I would want either.

          • arnie

            Yeah that Kid is not a starter coming out of the draft. He has all the tools, however it’s his work ethic an lack of consistency that seem to be in question. He is a player you can develop though.

    • Kevin Manning

      Luckily… this years draft is well stocked with good lineman.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Between Swanson, Richburg & Marcus Martin I’m sure they will find one of them between round 3-4.

      • arnie

        Agreed. As I browse the O-linemen there are a handful on them that may not make it out of the first round. Definitely not the second. There are plenty of options for the Chargers to pick up a versatile Guard/Center, even tackle.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    In the timeless words of Flava Flav….

  • Kevin Manning

    Happy to see Nick returning and hope he can stay healthy.. but there is an immediate need to find his replacement. Hopefully the Bolts can find a gem in the middle round if they go defensive early in this years draft like expected.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Gehlken also reported that the chargers should get a much clearer picture on Malcolm Floyd in the next 2 weeks, here hoping he returns as well.

    • Gunnar Martin

      It would be a huge help if he came back for another season or two. Our WRs have a lot of questions right now. We could really use some stability there, and we probably won’t be able to fix it much through free agency given our current cap situation. Please, Malcolm, please!

      • Sergio Quintero

        It would remove a major need, and would make the defense the priority for free agency & the draft. The remaining needs on offense would be settling the OG situation and getting a backup RB.

        • Gunnar Martin

          The OG situation could get a little complicated… do we keep Clary on a cheaper contract as a backup or just cut him plain and simple? Will Troutman be good enough to start next year? Are we going to re-sign Rinehart? Do we need to draft one in the early rounds? If we do, will he play on the right or left side? Soooo many questions we still have to answer, and that’s just one (sorta two) position.

          • Sergio Quintero

            You can ask Clary, Johnson, Royal, Freeney and even Gates to take pay cuts, but that is a 2 way street, and that may prefer to be released.

            By the time the new league year enter, we will know who got cut.

          • arnie

            The only one I can see not taking a cut, is Freeney.

          • arnie

            Honestly the Chargers have options. If everything goes to crap, they have Ohrnberger who could play OG. The facts are Troutman could start, but Rinehart out-playerd him. A history of injuries from Chad is the reason for the one year deal, and could mean the Chargers will move on without him. As for Clary i expect the Chargers to ask him to re-negociate his contract, and look for him to compete for a starting spot. However as bad as everyone believes Clary to be, he beat out Ohrnberger. In a pinch, Fluker could slide in, and Michael Harris could be RT, and Ohrnberger could again be the C/OG backup.
            I’m looking for the Chargers to find a “versatile” Center that can play Guard. David Molk was better C than Ohrnberger, but Molk could only pay one position. and got snatched from the practice squad.

  • Nick Mansoor

    In other news as well, I heard on NFL Network that TT is lowballing with Donald Butlers agent. That’s not a good sign. SIGN THE MAN! We already have enough holes to fill on defense, DB56 would he a huge blow if he left because we werent paying him enough :/

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