The Chargers offensive line is in tatters for Monday Night Football because of injuries. Things may not get any better next season because perhaps the team’s three best lineman face uncertain futures.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that guard Kris Dielman is considering retirement. Left tackle Marcus McNeill’s future is shaky as well. Center Nick Hardwick is set to be a free agent.
Dielman has suffered from concussion issues and suffered a seizure after his latest setback. He’s broached possible retirement with those close to him.
McNeill continues to suffer from neck injuries. He’s previously had neck surgery, and may need more surgery after this season. He’s currently on injured reserve. McNeill is due $10.4 million, so his future with the team may have more to do with whether the Chargers want to keep him.
(McNeill’s salary is guaranteed for injury, but Acee says McNeill signed a waiver protecting the Chargers in some way in case his neck problems prevent him playing.)
Hardwick is set to be a free agent, so it’s pretty clear that the offensive line is going to be a big priority for whoever is making decisions in San Diego next year.