As an unrestricted free agent after the 2006 season, Dielman left about $10 million on the table in Seattle and signed a six-year deal with the Chargers worth $39 million. He said he did it because of his friends on the Chargers.
Hardwick said Dielman was the best guard he'd ever seen because of his technique, tenacity, athletic ability and willpower.
"He's not going to let you get one over on him," Hardwick said. "He's not going to let you be the last one to throw a punch; he's not going to let you be the last one to move an inch. You're going to go back before the end of the play. ... You don't know how hard it is to hate the person across from you every time you played him. He hated the person across from him every time."
Dielman plans to be around.
"I'm excited to tailgate," he said.
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