Chargers guard Nasir Adderley, 25, announces his retirement

Nasir Adderleyselected in the 2019 second round, who started the last three seasons in Charging deviceannounced his retirement Thursday on social media.

The 25-year-old defender became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

Writing that he is “finally going to put himself first,” Adderley cited his health and desire to spend more time with loved ones as motivations.

“I believe I have yet to scratch the surface of the player I could be,” he wrote, “but if it’s at the expense of my peace of mind, then it’s not for me anymore.”

Four years ago, the Chargers took Adderley at number 60. He played collegiately in Delaware.

After injuries limited him to four games as a rookie, Adderley started in 2020. He has started in 44 of the 46 games he has played in the last three seasons.

In 2022, Adderley struggled at times and was sent to the bench in favor of Alohi Gilman at one point. He played just two defensive snaps in the Chargers’ playoff loss in Jacksonville.

Gilman is the main option to replace Adderley as the free rein still continues. Former Rams defenseman John Johnson III is a free agent and has been linked to discussions with the Chargers.