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Chargers center Hardwick gets six-year deal

SAN DIEGO (June 17, 2006) -- San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick agreed to a new six-year contract that will run through the 2011 season.

Hardwick has started all 27 games he's played for the Chargers. He's responsible for calling out the blocking schemes for the offensive line, and the Chargers have rushed for 2,000 yards each of the last two seasons.

"It's a huge relief," Hardwick said. "It's nice to know that I'm going to be here for a while and I'm looking forward to this team continuing to move in the right direction."

Hardwick was a third-round draft choice by the Chargers in 2004 out of Purdue.

The Chargers were 12-4 and won the AFC West when Hardwick was a rookie, but a December collapse last year left them 9-7 and out of the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

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