San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick and wide receiver Malcom Floyd have both been with the team for all of their ten year careers. Now, for two different reasons, both might be heading into retirement.
Hardwick has been contemplating retirement the past two years and it wouldn’t be surprising if he calls it a career. With one year left on his deal, the Chargers are approaching it like he is going to play.
“We’re expecting him to play next year until told otherwise,” [general manager Tom] Telesco said. “Obviously, he’s a big part of the offensive line. A true team leader, a rock inside, and a guy we’d definitely love to have back.”
As for Floyd it’s more complicated. He has the desire to play but his future is undetermined after he suffered what some people think was a career-ending neck injury back in September during a regular season game versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I want to play,” Floyd said in January. “I think I can still do it. I feel like I can still go out there and make plays. I’m confident, but at the same time, I have to make sure I’m healthy.”
Both players will someday be inducted into the Chargers’ Ring of Honor (Hardwick at least) so losing both at once will have an impact on the team. Even if only for the locker room influence, both veterans were players that were looked up to by their peers.