Los Angeles Chargers officially release former Pro Bowl center, retirement looms

It’s a sad day for Los Angeles Chargers fans, but it’s also a day that has been all but inevitable for months. On Wednesday, the team officially released center Corey Linsley, clearing the way for him to retire from the league.

After the season, Linsley stated that he was certain he would retire after a heart problem was discovered and doctors advised him against continuing his playing career. That’s what will probably happen now.

Linsley, a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State in 2014, spent seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers before signing with the Chargers in 2021. That season he made the Pro Bowl and was a second-team All-Pro. He started 132 games in his career.

Corey Linsley retires after being released by Chargers

His loss leaves a hole in the lineup, which the team has been preparing for. The team signed Bradley Bozeman this offseason. The offensive line seems to be a big strength for this team, but the center position will be the big question mark.

Chargers president of football operations John Spanos had some kind words for his former player:

Because Linsley waited until after June 1 to officially announce his retirement, the Chargers were able to recoup $1.2 million against the salary cap.

He was team captain and one of the best centers in the league during his playing career. Linsley couldn’t go out on his terms, but he has a lot to be proud of for what he has achieved.