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Kris Dielman considering retirement

San Diego Chargers' Mathews and Dielman celebrate a touchdown against New England Patriots during their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

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.

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9 Responses to “Kris Dielman considering retirement”
  1. rushmatic says: Dec 5, 2011 6:32 PM

    Seizures following his latest concussion? Screw SD’s season. If I were him, I’d get the hell out, too.

  2. mikebyrne1502 says: Dec 5, 2011 7:42 PM

    Kris has always been a pivotal part of the offense and if the chargers are goung to rebuild I understand but without him they don’t really have an anchor, McNeill and hardwick are great but hardly have the presence this guy did. Solid guy started out as an undrafted defensive linemen and worked his way to probowl OG. “Mans man”

  3. thepasswordis12345 says: Dec 5, 2011 7:46 PM

    Time for the Chargers to blow this whole thing up! The team is falling apart. AJ Smith squandered the talent this team had and NORVED their Super Bowl window shut! This team is no longer underachieving. It’s just terrible.

    Time to blow it all up! Fire AJ. Fire Norv! Trade Rivers and draft Barkley. Build anew around that. It’s time to let go of the delusions that this team is some sleeping Super Bowl giant that’s underachieving. There simply isn’t a lot of talent here, Rivers stinks, the team’s core components are falling apart, and the Super Bowl dreams are long gone.

  4. dannymac17 says: Dec 5, 2011 9:16 PM

    Wow @ trade Rivers.

    Shut up.

  5. chargerdillon says: Dec 5, 2011 11:20 PM

    He’s probably the fan of a team that would love to have Rivers at QB. Any QB looks average when he has little to no protection in front of him.

  6. truetrue85 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:23 PM

    Trade Philip Rivers… really? You’re nuts if you think trading your franchise (and still young) quarterback when you should build around him. Re-sign Vincent Jackson and Nick Hardwick and go to work.

  7. thepasswordis12345 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:02 AM

    Have you not seen Rivers play this year? His arm has gone limp, and not even an offensive line of urinal mints, no matter how porous, could cover up the stench that his play has generated.

    YES, trade Rivers. Some team out there will give up a king’s ransom for him (a la Carson Palmer trade). This is a great year to draft a franchise QB. And some team cough up a couple of first rounders convinced that Rivers is a franchise QB. He’ll be 30 years old (in two days); his skills and arm strength are in decline. They can sell him off at a high price and draft his replacement, and start the rebuilding process under a new coach and GM.

    For as great as Rivers supposedly is, how many playoff games has he won? I think Billy Volek has won more than he has.

  8. thepasswordis12345 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:05 AM

    BTW, they could trade VJax too. Consummate (albeit talented) underachiever.

    I say blow it all up in SD! Move the team to LA. Start anew with new blood and leadership.

  9. carlsbadboltfan says: Dec 6, 2011 1:33 AM

    thepasswordis12345 says: Dec 5, 2011 7:46 PM

    Time for the Chargers to blow this whole thing up! The team is falling apart. AJ Smith squandered the talent this team had and NORVED their Super Bowl window shut! This team is no longer underachieving. It’s just terrible.

    Time to blow it all up! Fire AJ. Fire Norv! Trade Rivers and draft Barkley. Build anew around that. It’s time to let go of the delusions that this team is some sleeping Super Bowl giant that’s underachieving. There simply isn’t a lot of talent here, Rivers stinks, the team’s core components are falling apart, and the Super Bowl dreams are long gone.
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    Two words:

    Crack Kills.

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