COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers released Corey Linsley, their three-year team captain, on Wednesday.

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Linsley is anticipated to retire after playing just three games last season due to a heart-related condition not connected to football. He was the league’s second-highest paid center, with an average contract value of $12.5 million.

“Corey exemplifies everything you desire in an NFL player,” said John Spanos, president of football operations, in a statement. “His professionalism, mentorship of younger players, work ethic, integrity, leadership, competitive spirit, and sense of humor earned him the captain’s ‘C’ throughout his time with us. As outstanding as he is as a football player, Corey is an even better person.”

Linsley played in the NFL for 10 seasons. A fifth-round pick by Green Bay in 2014, he spent seven seasons with the Packers and was named an AP first-team All-Pro in 2020.

Linsley inked a five-year, $62.5 million deal with the Chargers in 2021, contributing to the offensive line’s stability. Throughout his NFL career, he played and started in all 144 games.

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