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San Diego Chargers C Nick Hardwick retires

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San Diego Chargers C Nick Hardwick has called it quits. 

San Diego Chargers veteran C Nick Hardwick has decided to call it quits and hang up his cleats. After spending 11 seasons in the league, he will call it quits and will have the formal announcement with the team tomorrow.

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Hardwick was selected in the 2004 draft in the 3rd round out of Purdue and has spent his entire career with the Chargers. He had been selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and played his last game with the Chargers last season. His season was cut short when he was put on the injured reserve with a neck injury after only playing in one game.

Just looking at him during the season, you could see that he was losing a tremendous amount of weight and it seemed as if he had been prepping for retirement during the team. Here is a photo of Nick during the season with his kid from his instagram:

Lazy Saturday morning watching college football. #snoozefest #lounging #needmorecoffee

A photo posted by Nick Hardwick (@hardwina) on

Nick attempted to play in the 2014 season because he believed that Philip Rivers would have his best season as a pro. Nick wanted to be a part of that tremendous season, but he was only able to last for the opening game. Philip started out the season on fire, but eventually cooled off after the offensive line fell apart.

The Chargers will be in search for Hardwick’s replacement this  offseason. The team may use Chris Watt at the center position next year, but I am sure that they will take a look at all available options.

The San Diego Chargers also lost veteran G Jeromey Clary to retirement this offseason. He had a couple of procedures done during the year and was not able to step onto the field during the season. The Chargers will have to find a couple of starters to add onto the roster this offseason. It will be the top priority for the team.

There has been talk about moving D.J. Fluker inside to the guard position. That will be a good move for the team if we can find a stud to play at right tackle position on offense. The team needs to re-sign King Dunlap in free agency. There are a lot of question marks with the team’s offensive line this offseason so there will be some concern until we start locking down some good players up front.

Philip Rivers had expressed some hesitation for his future with the Chargers, but I am sure that a lot of his hesitation has to do with the players up front. He already will be missing the center that he has had his entire career. He needs to make sure the has other guys that we have up front can be trusted.

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