The San Diego Chargers head into the 2015 NFL season with several issues yet to be resolved.
The future of franchise quarterback Philip Rivers - entering the final year of his current deal - remains unclear, whilst their very existence as 'San Diego' is in question amidst reports of a move to Los Angeles.
One of the team's veteran players has, though, today brought some clarity on what lies ahead for him at least - confirming that the 2015 campaign will be his last as a pro football player before retirement.
Wide Receiver Malcom Floyd, a 10 year veteran of the Chargers franchise since arriving undrafted in 2004, has confirmed that he will walk away from the game. The news comes via San Diego Union-Tribute reporter Michael Gehlken:
Approaching his 34th birthday, Floyd's decision to retire regardless of how 2015 pans out is not all that surprising. Nevertheless, confirmation of his departure will be met with sadness from the Chargers fan base who have enjoyed watching his unique style for the past 12 seasons.
Even with his plans set in stone, that doesn't mean Malcom Floyd is going to coast through his final year in the NFL. The very opposite in fact with the wide receiver desperate to land that elusive Super Bowl ring for him, his team mates and the city of San Diego:
"All my chips are in...I'm all in."
Floyd actually equalled a career high in receiving yards (856) and touchdowns (six) in 2014 while playing in all 16 regular season games. He is aware that his time in the league is approaching it's end, however, and there will be a Qualcomm Stadium full of Chargers fans hoping he can get his fairytale ending.
The confirmation will also bring into focus what happens next for the Chargers. With Floyd having led the way in receiving yards for two of the last three seasons the franchise will need someone to step up. Keenen Allen was supposed to take a step forward in 2014 but failed to do so. That demand is now even more great.
Chargers fans: Do you think your team can give Floyd the perfect send off with a Super Bowl in 2015? have your say in the comments below...
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