Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) celebrates after a win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

How many more years will Nick Hardwick play?

Will this be Nick Hardwick’s last season in the NFL? There were questions on if he was going to play this season, but he put that to rest saying that he wanted to play in Philip Rivers’s best season in the NFL. He is back for this season and will be anchoring the middle of the offensive line. Will he be in the center of the action in the following year?

Hardwick has had a great career anchoring the line for the Chargers. He was drafted in the 3rd round out of Purdue in the 2004 draft, the same draft that we brought in Philip Rivers. He has been in the middle of the offensive line for a decade, but will be hanging up the cleats soon.

Just a couple of seasons ago, one of his best friends on the offensive line, Kris Dielman, was forced to shut down his career early after a scary concussion. That forced Hardwick to think twice about playing the game he loves, but he is back on the field.

Time is running out on Hardwick’s time in the game. Getting back into the playoffs rejuvenated him. The team just has to take the next steps and get into the big game. He has the right quarterback throwing the ball.

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  • Jordan Denning

    3 years at least. 5 years max. Maybe wishful thinking, but I think he LOVES playing.

  • arnie

    I going with a 3year deal after this season. The development of good center takes time, and there is not guarantee Watts will e that guy. There is good chance one or two more drafts will find Nicks replacement. I expect T&M to give Hardwick one last deal, also it’s more likely he will get to hoist the Lombardi in that deal.expect Hardwick to come back.

    • John Bauer

      Don’t know about 3 more years but I hope your right about the Lombardi !!!

      • arnie

        3 is just a number based on how soon somebody could replace hardwick, give or take. It’s not easy to replace that chemistry and I’m sure the Chargers aren’t trying to make Rivers uncomfortable.

    • Stefanie Smith

      arnie: I will pass out when we hoist the Lombardi.

      • arnie

        I will catch you. I told a friend of mine, after camp last year, the Chargers would be Champs, in 3 years. I also told him they would make the playoffs too that same season. We are in year 2.

    • BoltNative

      I was hoping David Molk was to be the heir apparent. He benched 40 times at his combine, but didn’t catch on here for various reasons. For Hardwick, I could see a 1-2 year contract offer after this season barring any injuries, etc.

      • arnie

        I agree about Molk, however i understand why he didn’t catch on. Remember the Chargers needed bodies and they needed them to be “versatile”,Molk could only play one position. Ohrnberger could play C an RG. If Clary didn’t work out at RG he’d would’ve been gone too. The plan was to resign Molk an work him into playing RG as well, he never made past waivers. So, had Molk made it back, it’s quite possible Orhnberger could be competing at RG this year with Molk for playing time, Watt the rookie, an Clary might’ve been gone this year, with Rich starting an Molk as the backup.

  • 21serg

    I think this is his last were lucky he even wanted to come back this season

  • blu3ny3llow

    I think 2-3 more years especially if they make the playoffs (or better) again.

  • Alter Ego

    TT & MM have brought the Charlie Sheen culture to San Diego…Winning.
    That changes everything. Signs a Bolt friendly four year deal and plays it.

    • Robert Fairbanks

      Charlie Sheen is probably the biggest dumb ass in California. He stuffs his life up his nose.

      • Alter Ego

        Sorry you are offended Rob. It was meant to be funny.
        The optimal theme in the message is “winning” – I believe most adults will get that.
        Your etiquette offends me. I think you are a troll.

        This is for you.

        • Robert Fairbanks

          I am not offended (Paul the Clown Hamlin) I was just commenting. Charlie Sheen is a delusional psychotic, that is just an observation.

          • Alter Ego

            Thats fine. My response was accurate as well.

  • powderBLUE801

    I honestly think this will be his last year. And I’m more than sure TT & MM will want to bring him back with a new deal but Nick is a family man and he knows he has made a good run here in SD. Nick is smart and I think he will bow out with style and grace so he can be with his kids. Just make this year count big guy!!

    • Alter Ego

      You only live one life. The lifestyle of the pro player isn’t any more taxing than most peoples jobs as far as family time. The physical ass kicking is . Health I believe will be the determining factor – winning though, is a pain reliever by itself. You got it right about him caring himself with dignity – he certainly has my respect.

  • Derek

    I think it’s win or go home for good this yr. the only thing I think that could draw him back is a ring. I think watt will settle at guard but they want him to be able to shuffle if needed.

    • Sergio Quintero

      He’s been throwing the possibility of retirement for at least 2 offseasons, add to the fact his contract is up, everything seems to point on this being his last season.

      He seems like a standup guy so my guess is that he wants to honor his contract and be done, if he didn’t have a contract he might have “hanged up the cleats” this year.

      • arnie

        That’s a strong possibility, the only reason i could see him playing beyond this season, is we don’t know what the RG position will shake out, and there is no clear replacement, right now. But that’s only speculation, on my part, at this point in time. Camp could change that opinion…
        Another reason I could see him staying, the chemistry between him an Rivers.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Rivers is the only that could push him back, but it seems he has pushed him the last 2 seasons, there has to be a point that Hardwick says thanks but no thanks.

        • Peter Thompson

          An AFC Championship, and a close loss in the Superbowl MIGHT push him.

  • Stefanie Smith

    People: Less than one month until what? Pre-Season! At least it will be football!

  • Nick Lee

    he will be one and done i think

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    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Yeah I’m on the same boat. That is an old beat up man.