San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick is contemplating retirement, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
"I love football," Hardwick said on Wendnesday. "It’s a hard decision. There is a lot that goes into it. It’s heavy. So I’m not willing to think about it right now."
A third-round pick out of Purdue in 2004, Hardwick has started 102 games over the last eight seasons, earning one trip to the Pro Bowl (2006) and missed most of one season (2009) with a broken foot. Hardwick, 30, became a father during this season and will be a free agent in the offseason.
"We’ll weigh the options, see where we’re at, see how I feel when we’re done," said Hardwick. "We’ve got time to make decisions and figure it out."