Chargers release Corey Linsley ahead of his expected retirement – ​​Daily Bulletin

Chargers center Corey Linsley jogs back to the locker room after a game against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 18, 2022, at SoFi Stadium. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

The Chargers officially cut ties with All-Pro center Corey Linsley on Wednesday, releasing him months after he said he was “99% sure” he would retire from the NFL after a stellar decade-long career due to a heart condition that was discovered early. in the 2023 season.

“Corey is everything you hope for and more in an NFL player,” Chargers president of football operations John Spanos said in a statement. “The consummate professional, his mentorship of younger players, work ethic, integrity, leadership, competitive drive and sense of humor all played a part in him earning the ‘C’ on his jersey throughout his time with us.”

Spanos was referring to Linsley’s role as one of the Chargers’ captains. Linsley spent three seasons with the Chargers and seven with the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in the fifth round out of Ohio State in 2014. He was a Pro Bowl selection in the 2021 season, his first after signing with the Chargers.

“And as good a football player as he is, Corey is an even better person,” Spanos said.

Off the field, Linsley was nominated by the Chargers as the 2021 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in the community, especially with Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit organization that assists abused and neglected children under court protection.

Linsley, who turns 33 on July 27, played just three games last season before a heart condition sidelined him. Doctors told him he needed to lose weight and end his career because the pressure on the field and in the weight room would put too much strain on his heart.

At the end of the season in January, Linsley said he was “99% sure” he would retire.

Linsley was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but in a March 7 interview he told Southern California News Group columnist Mirjam Swanson: “Week by week, day by day, I see what feels best, what is sustainable. That’s about where I am now; it’s a new little project for me, something I’ve never had to do before.

“Definitely, I will miss (playing football), and I will always miss it. But a lot of thought has gone into it and there is a lot of appreciation. It will all work out in the end.”