One of the most recognizable names in the AFC West could soon be looking for a new team. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson told the San Diego Union-Tribune he has played his last game as a Charger.
“I’m not coming back,” Tomlinson said. “I don’t believe I’ll be back in San Diego. I’ve accepted it.”
Tomlinson has two years remaining on his contract, but he is due a $2 million roster bonus March 5 and would be paid $5 million in total salary in 2010. As part of the renegotiated contract he signed last March, he is guaranteed $1 million by the Chargers for next season.
“It’s a mixed feeling,” said Tomlinson, the league MVP in 2006. “It’s mixed emotions. I’ve spent nine years of my life here, pretty much my youth. I gave the organization everything I have. I enjoyed the community.
“But there is a part I won’t miss. The football part is fun. But the business part sucks. I won’t miss that.”
Tomlinson said he doesn’t know when the Chargers will release him. He said his agent might call the club to expedite the process.
He’s had his fair share of big games against the Chiefs over the years, but he’s always been better against the Broncos and Raiders. That leads me to believe maybe Tomlinson could be a fit for Kansas City.
I’m sure he still thinks he’s a premier back, but if the right opportunity doesn’t present itself I wouldn’t mind having LT backing up Jamaal Charles.
The general consensus is that the Chiefs need to bring in someone to play Thunder to Charles’ Lightning. I’d rather have a veteran that takes care of the ball. Tomlinson has only lost 4 fumbles over the past five seasons compared to the four Charles has given up his first two years in the league.