After weeks of speculation, the San Diego Chargers officially released RB LaDainian Tomlinson today after nine years with the franchise. President Dean Spanos met with Tomlinson to deliver the expected news.
“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.”
I know that last line is one reason why a lot of Chiefs fans do not want anything to do with Tomlinson, but I really believe he is the perfect player to backup Jamaal Charles if he is open to a reduced role.
Obviously if there is a team out there willing to give LT a shot to be their starting running back then that’s where he’ll end up. But with the way things ended for him in San Diego and if available playing time is equal, Kansas City has to be near the top of his list.