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The San Diego Chargers released running back LaDainian Tomlinson Monday afternoon.



Tomlinson played nine seasons in San Diego, but at the age of 30 and with declining numbers, Tomlinson has been anticipating his release for the past month.

"This is a part of the business that I hate, and it's particularly hard when you're dealing with someone I consider a friend," team president Dean Spanos said, according to Chargers.com. "Change involving great players is never easy. I respect LT as much or more than any player I've ever known. And no one appreciates his contributions to this organization more than I do. That is why this is such a difficult announcement for me to make."

Tomlinson rushed for 12,490 yards in nine seasons and rushed for 138 touchdowns during his career in San Diego. He caught 530 passes and scored 15 touchdowns through the air.

A former first-round pick, Tomlinson rushed for only 730 yards in 14 games last season and had a 3.3-yard rushing average. He struggled on first down during the Chargers playoff loss to the New York Jets.

Still, the Tomlinson years were some of the best in Chargers history. Tomlinson immediately established himself as a star during a rookie season in 2001 when he rushed for 1,236 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. His ability to run, make big plays and score touchdowns helped allow quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers to develop into Pro Bowl stars.

The Chargers reworked Tomlinson's contract last offseason to give him one more chance to re-establish himself as a top running back. He was scheduled to get a $2 million bonus in March and a $3 million base salary under the restructured contract.

At 30, Tomlinson will have to find a new team to restart his career.



http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4936783

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Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:17 pm
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No cap...sign him just for the heck of it....also because he's my favorite player.

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Yeah Iowa I love this guy... it's such a shame to see him released. Guess it's really one of the first guys I remember following since he's come into the league... and then seeing him diminish.


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I hate to say it, but LT is a shadow of the great back he once was. It looks like the Jets, for whatever reason are not bringing Thomas Jones back.

Now that is a tough, very productive back I would not mind bringing in.

LT has got a lot of mileage and heavy carry numbers and you could watch him this year and see he was just not the same.

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I think Tomlinson would be a great insurance policy for Ronnie as he can do pretty much everything Ronnie can do, only with less power now because of the wear but LT has a better arm. so if Ronnie were to go down with injury the wildcat would still be an effective change of pace.

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It's just amazing to see this happen!! He was a stud... I guess the key word is "was"... What's scarier is that if he is too old, that means that I'm gettting too old! For what? I dunno, the bar with a beer in my hand isnt too tough!! :hithead:

Where do you guys think he'll end up?


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I've heard Patriots, Eagles or Packers


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I've heard Patriots, Eagles or Packers


Definitely not Patriots or Packers. The Packers line issues aren't anything that an aging RB wants to deal with, not to mention old man winter creepin' on a guy who has only played in the snow once in his entire life. LT is too prideful to play for an egomaniac like Belichick and he hates the Patriots as much as I do.

The Eagles would be a nice fit.

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Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers all-time leading rusher, was released today after nine remarkable seasons in San Diego.
Chargers President Dean Spanos met with Tomlinson today and informed his veteran running back that he is being released.


“This is a part of the business that I hate, and it’s particularly hard when you’re dealing with someone I consider a friend,” Spanos said. “Change involving great players is never easy. I respect LT as much or more than any player I’ve ever known. And no one appreciates his contributions to this organization more than I do. That is why this is such a difficult announcement for me to make.


“It has been a privilege to work with him and witness his entire career. I’m proud of him and grateful to him for the way he has carried himself both on and off the field.


“No matter where he chooses to continue his career, in my mind LT will always be a San Diego Charger. His legacy as one of the greatest running backs the game has ever seen will be as a Charger.”


Tomlinson owns or shares 28 team records, including career rushing yards, yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. During his nine seasons in San Diego, Tomlinson won two rushing titles (2006 and ’07), set an NFL single-season record for touchdowns in a season (31 in ’06) and racked up 12,490 rushing yards, the eighth-highest total in NFL history. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2006 and earned Pro Bowl honors five times.


“I was fortunate to be the offensive coordinator here during LT’s rookie year in 2001 and it didn’t take long to realize that we were dealing with a special player and a special individual,” Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner said. “And when I returned to the Chargers in 2007, I was proud to be a part of his second NFL rushing title.


“LT is a true pro. He’s one of the greatest runners this game has ever seen and words can’t do justice to the things he’s accomplished on and off the field.”


In addition to his long list of achievements on the gridiron, Tomlinson’s tireless efforts in the community have benefitted thousands of individuals in San Diego as well as his native Texas. In 2006, LT received the NFL Man of the Year Award in recognition of his numerous philanthropic efforts.


“It’s fitting that LT’s and LaTorsha’s charity is called the ‘Touching Lives Foundation’ because that’s exactly what they’ve done,” Spanos said. “So many people have been positively affected by their generosity. Our community has been fortunate to have them.”


Tomlinson joined the Chargers in 2001 as the fifth overall selection in the NFL Draft. The Chargers originally held the top pick in the draft, but swung a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, who moved up to take quarterback Michael Vick. The Chargers nervously waited as Tomlinson fell to the fifth spot where they enthusiastically brought him into their fold.


“There were a lot of eyebrows raised when we made that trade, but LT proved to be everything we thought he’d be and more,” Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said. “He’s a future Hall of Famer. My only regret is that he leaves San Diego without a Super Bowl ring.”


Tomlinson was one of 53 men recognized as the Greatest All-Time Chargers during the team’s 50th anniversary celebration last season and he was recently named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. His 138 career rushing touchdowns are the second most in NFL history and his 153 total touchdowns ranks third in league annals.


“I look forward to the time when we’ll see his number retired and see him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Spanos said. “I can’t say enough about how much I’ve enjoyed being around LT and LaTorsha the last nine years.”

http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Tomlinsons-time-in-San-Diego-ends/4017d022-3cb2-4a9b-8ae0-9511599ef969




Wow, just wow. I thought that maybe he would've stayed one more year...


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Merged with topic in the "NFL News" section.


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Tomlinson had a great career. It's going to be hard to see him in another uniform. Spanos is a great man and owner, this might have been the hardest day he has had to endure as an owner.


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Post Re: Tomlinson released by Chargers
looks like sproles could be on his way as well??

any of you do a r brown for v jackson trade???

Report: Sproles won't be back on one-year deal
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on February 23, 2010 5:04 PM ET
D. Sproles.jpgIt's starting to look like the Chargers will have two players to replace in their backfield.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers won't retain Darren Sproles on a one-year contract. (Sproles was due $7.3 million as a restricted free agent, 110% of what he made last year as the team's franchise player.)

San Diego would like to re-sign Sproles to a long-term deal, but they only see him as a complementary part. At least one team should see him as much more. Expect him to hit the open market.

This news isn't particularly good for LaDainian Tomlinson or Brian Westbrook. Both veterans look like third-down backs and may have to wait in line behind Sproles to get a deal done.

Because of Sproles' age and ascendant ability, we'd guess that he will make more than Westbrook and Tomlinson combined in 2010. Fortunes change brutally fast at the running back position.

profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/...deal/?related=1


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San Diego would like to re-sign Sproles to a long-term deal, but they only see him as a complementary part. At least one team should see him as much more. Expect him to hit the open market.


Hog wash. I will not expect no such thing.

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any of you do a r brown for v jackson trade???


yikes........no way am I trading a back like Ronnie Brown who touches the ball 25+ times a game for a WR who might get 5-10 touches. If RB goes down in week 7 this year I'd do it in a heartbeat next year.


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If RB goes down in week 7 this year I'd do it in a heartbeat next year.


You can't do it next year...not only is football not guaranteed, but the Chargers need their back now.

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