Waiting For Confirmation, But Looks Like Chargers Kris Dielman Will Be Retiring

By Ernie Padaon

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Now it looks like Kris Dielman is leaning toward retirement according to Kevin Acee:

Neither Chargers nor Kris Dielman will confirm, and it goes against what many previously believed, but I’m told Kris Dielman is retiring.

— S.D. U-T Chargers (@sdutChargers) February 27, 2012

Dielman was earlier believed to be returning, but now it seems that he is going to retire. There has not been any confirmation on it, but his decision will definitely impact our plans in the off-season. It looks like he will be hanging his cleats up and we will now need to find someone to fill the hole left at left guard.

Tyronne Green is a candidate to take over the job or we could also look at other players in free agency. One player that could become available is Steve Hutchinson from Minnesota and he is a veteran presence that could help out on the line. We also may need to look at players in the draft like David DaCastro. Our top priority on offense is to protect Philip Rivers.

Stay tuned here as we wait for confirmation from the Chargers or Kris Dielman, but it looks like we are losing one of the very best. Where do you think the Chargers should go for a replacement?