Chargers news: Corey Linsley confirms retirement is most likely after heart issue

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Corey Linsley played just three games for the LA Chargers in 2023 before he was put on the non-football injury list with a non-emergent heart issue. Linsley remained in the loop with the team to make the transition seamless but he would not suit up again for the rest of the season.

One day after the Chargers' season ended, Linsley spoke to reporters and confirmed the worst: he may never play in the NFL again. Linsley has not completely shut the door on playing again but gave it a "99% chance" that he would be forced to retire from the NFL.

Chargers news: Corey Linsley confirms retirement is most likely outcome

It is devastating to see a great player like Linsley have to prematurely hang it up but his own personal health is infinitely more important than a football game. Chargers fans won't get the official word until March and whether he retires or returns to action, Linsley will get the full support of the fanbase regardless.

From a football sense, if Linsley steps away the Chargers are going to have to prioritize bringing in a center in the offseason. The most likely outcome is drafting a center in the 2024 NFL Draft, likely with a day two or three selection. There are plenty of great centers in the NFL (including Linsley) who were picked in the third round or later.

Linsley retiring would also have a ripple effect on the Chargers' salary cap situation with the team currently well over next year's cap. The team saving money against the cap is not what is important, Linsley's health is, but it is worth mentioning that it will factor into the salary cap calculus this offseason.

Linsley turned in two elite seasons for the Chargers and was a key component in not only protecting Justin Herbert but also helping him develop as a young quarterback in the NFL. Even if Linsley doesn't play another snap, his impact on the Chargers will always be felt and he will be a fan favorite for life.