He has had a positive impact on the Bolts, however, as they have not lost since his acquisition from Tampa.
His self-imposed silence no longer an issue, Keenan McCardell spoke out on his messy divorce with the Bucs.
"I'm just fortunate to be playing football, I'm happy to be playing football again," McCardell said. "I've got a lot of friends on that team and I know it's eating them. There's a lot of competitors on that team. I just wasn't there to help them early.
"The fans of Tampa treated me well when I was there. I have no ill will towards anybody. I wish I would be with them. I don't put that bad vibe with those guys."
McCardell said he spoke with several of his former teammates Sunday but had trouble sleeping Saturday night.
"I just wanted to get this thing going, get it over with, get this chapter of my life by me," McCardell said. "Just waking up in the middle of the night, saying, 'Is it time? Is it time?'
"I was very excited. A good group of guys that I have won a Super Bowl with. I went to war with those guys a lot. I knew what to expect from them. I knew they were going to give us their best, and they came in and gave us their best."
Now he is part of a group that is leading the Chargers towards the unthinkable – a playoff berth and a possible run towards the Super Bowl.
His fellow receivers have had nothing but praise for a player they already call a team leader. Many are surprised by his attitude towards his teammates given the way he left Tampa but it was principle that held McCardell out. The Chargers have been honest with him from the start, a trait he appreciates.
"Right now, I'm enjoying this family," he said of his time with San Diego. "We're doing something special."
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