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Chargers let go of LaDainian Tomlinson

L. Tomlinson.jpgIn a move that was fully expected but still feels odd to type, the Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson Monday after nine seasons with the team.

The timing of the release was likely out of deference to Tomlinson’s career.  He can get a head start on most unrestricted free agents and talk to interested teams right away.

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

“He’s a future Hall of Famer,” G.M. A.J. Smith said.  “My only regret is that he leaves without a Super Bowl ring.”

The memory of the last two disappointing seasons remain fresh in the mind, but Tomlinson’s first seven years in San Diego stack up with the greatest running backs in NFL history.

Where Tomlinson lands next may depend on his willingness to take a secondary role.  He’s no longer capable of carrying an offense, but said he was unhappy with his workload in San Diego and wouldn’t consider a pay cut.

For reference, Tomlinson saw 243 touches in 2009 and was set to make $5 million for the Chargers.

We’d be shocked if he got anywhere near either number in 2010.

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  1. georgegabriel says: Feb 22, 2010 4:19 PM

    I’m gutted. I’m a Saints fan, but this is sad news. Sure, most saw it coming, but I just can’t imagine Tomlinson in any other uniform in any other city. All the best, LT!

  2. parasonic says: Feb 22, 2010 4:20 PM

    ummm shocker? Is it gonna feel weird to type “The Redskins release Clinton Portis” ?

  3. wwwmattcom says: Feb 22, 2010 4:20 PM

    I could see the Bills picking him up if they decide to trade marshawn for the much needed draft picks.

  4. pdxbolt4life says: Feb 22, 2010 4:21 PM

    So long LT…..thanks for the memories….

  5. Iggles fan says: Feb 22, 2010 4:21 PM

    Bet they wish they kept Michael Turner

  6. Ilovefoolsball says: Feb 22, 2010 4:21 PM

    It was only a matter of time. LT was one of the greatest RB’s of my lifetime, right up there with Marshall Faulk & Bo Jackson. Too bad he couldn’t get a ring with the Chargers. I’m sure someone will scoop him up but no matter where he goes I believe he will be a complimentary back, not a featured/full time back.

  7. last starfighter says: Feb 22, 2010 4:23 PM

    He’ll need to accept a backup role whether he likes it or not. Of course the Lions and Raiders are inept enough to give him a starting job for huge money so you never know.

  8. Raiders4Life26 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:23 PM

    Good riddance

  9. The Wishbone says: Feb 22, 2010 4:24 PM

    “No matter where he chooses to continue his career,” he’ll surely whine there also.

  10. Raiders4Life26 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:24 PM

    I’m happy

  11. RyanHarris says: Feb 22, 2010 4:25 PM

    Even reading that felt strange.
    Pros – When LT was in his prime he was as good as there ever was.
    Cons – Too many darth Vader impressions during the playoffs.

  12. Phreakin says: Feb 22, 2010 4:26 PM

    Not a Bolts fan at all, but sad to see this happen. From the outside, he seems like a class guy all the way around.

  13. Igottz5onit says: Feb 22, 2010 4:27 PM

    They must have seen his music video.

  14. Skin_Flute says: Feb 22, 2010 4:30 PM

    Tomlinson is one unclassy bitch.

  15. Ras-Hype says: Feb 22, 2010 4:31 PM

    LT is Chargers football 4life. The best RB ever. It was a good run and he’ll be very missed. Sad day in San Diego……………. LT LT LT!!

  16. Peyton Gump says: Feb 22, 2010 4:31 PM

    See ya LT…ever since you tried to call out the Patriots after gagging in that playoff game out in SD, your career went in the toilet… you whined like a little you-know-what when it was YOUR team that blew it… then a year or 2 later, you sat on the bench with your dark face shield on during the AFC playoff game at NE while your QB played with a torn ACL…. you showed your true colors….

  17. Hooby says: Feb 22, 2010 4:32 PM

    and just like that, the number 8(?) rusher of all time is no longer active and assuming fred taylor and jamal lewis retire/get cut as expected, that leaves clinton portis as the next.
    idc if thats not insightful, its interesting.

  18. birdmancometh says: Feb 22, 2010 4:32 PM

    This will be a great FA period. Both Tomlinson and Westbrook on the open market.

  19. Contra says: Feb 22, 2010 4:33 PM

    Oh wow. It was expected but kinda weird that it actually happened. I dont really like how how Spanos commented “In my mind LT will always be a San Diego Charger”. Its almost like rubbing salt in the wound.

  20. DanFoutsBeard says: Feb 22, 2010 4:34 PM

    Like Cromartie trying to tackle someone, I will miss him badly.
    LT was the greatest. Hope he gets a ring somewhere.

  21. Cutler=Tool says: Feb 22, 2010 4:34 PM

    Cue all the Faider fans that will say he is soft.
    He has Pwned the Faiders for 9yrs. It will be odd to see him in another uni next year but such is the business of the NFL.
    Surprised Ego Smith didnt wait until March 4th to release him. Maybe he’s getting soft?

  22. sully56sgobirds says: Feb 22, 2010 4:36 PM

    I see the patriots jumpin on this. L.T. Fragile Fred Sammy Morris And Kevin Faulk. Maybe one of them can finish the season healthy. Oh Ya i forgot bout Larry Balogna. He’s usually good for 4 or 5 games.

  23. raiders177 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:36 PM

    He’d be a good complimentary back to Frank Gore…

  24. Peoples Champ says: Feb 22, 2010 4:36 PM

    What a difficult title to read. Just sounds weird to me. But we all saw it coming though…

  25. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Feb 22, 2010 4:38 PM

    Helluva running back. It’s sad to see the greats fade, but it happens. Only Barry Sanders left the game still great.

  26. bspurloc says: Feb 22, 2010 4:38 PM

    LT!!! Yeah Lawrence Taylor was one of the Greatest Sackers in the game and that fact never faded once in his career!
    GO LT!!!! Bam……………

  27. Belichick for President says: Feb 22, 2010 4:41 PM

    The only LT ever was Lawrence Taylor.
    Besides owning the nickname, he also owns two Super Bowl rings. In other words, something Lady Tomlinson will never be within sniffing distance of.

  28. purpleguy says: Feb 22, 2010 4:42 PM

    It would be ironic if, after trashing Peterson last summer, he signed with the Vikes to be a third down back if Chester Taylor leaves in free agency.

  29. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:42 PM

    Too bad his attitude and quality of play over the past 2 years have destroyed his legacy. This guy now is nothing more than a clown, a disgrace and it is going to take some time to shed his attitude both on and off the field over the past 2 years. AGAIN… over the PAST TWO years..

  30. Peoples Champ says: Feb 22, 2010 4:43 PM

    “Is it gonna feel weird to type “The Redskins release Clinton Portis” ?”
    Absolutely not. Portis doesn’t have near the amount of skins on the wall as L.T. does. Plus, he’s been with SD his whole career.

  31. billLumburg says: Feb 22, 2010 4:44 PM

    Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out!
    What an unclass act. Go cry to your mama and eat your Chunky soup.

  32. Burritto says: Feb 22, 2010 4:45 PM

    “In a move that was fully expected but still feels odd to type…”
    I dig that. Everyone knew this was coming, but I still stopped and thought, “Oh, wow.” when I saw this. Just seems weird.

  33. Nickfb76 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:47 PM

    I think he would do well in several two back systems. What about Houston, Detroit, 49ers, Chicago… I can see him bouncing back and prolonging his career 1-2 more years.

  34. tango says: Feb 22, 2010 4:48 PM

    LT you were and will still be great BUT please stay out of the AFC West ! You killed the Raiders evertime you touched the ball. I hear Buffalo is nice in the fall !!

  35. TEXANS84 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:48 PM

    Can’t imagine LT in another jersey besides SD’s.
    Kinda that same odd feeling when Jerry Rice became a Raider/Bronco.
    Just wasn’t the same on and off the field.

  36. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Feb 22, 2010 4:49 PM

    Yawn. Aaaaaaaand nothing of value was lost.

  37. Bigbluefan says: Feb 22, 2010 4:49 PM

    Good now maybe we can get this done forever!!!
    LT was #56 he played in the swamp was the best at what he did. Not some wine and chesse punk in Sadly ago
    He was not a running back RB has become a spot that is filled by various bodys.
    No big time stars just trade one for the other

  38. hayward giablommi says: Feb 22, 2010 4:53 PM

    So long Ladynian.
    Never has a “class act” been so undeserving of a championship ring as yourself.

  39. blackglass says: Feb 22, 2010 4:54 PM

    GFY, classy crybaby.

  40. Moose Skyway says: Feb 22, 2010 4:56 PM

    They released him not out of deference to Tomlinson’s career as much as deference to their wallet and his roster bonus which was soon due.

  41. LovinBlue says: Feb 22, 2010 4:58 PM

    I’m a Colts fan, but still saddened to see San Diego let LaDanian go. I just can’t think of him in anything other than a Chargers uniform.
    And for any Raider fan who is happy about this, think again. Teams with sane management staff usually let go of slower, unproductive vets to replace them with – wait for it – young, fast prospects who have huge upside potential. You should have been happy had he stayed, not that he’s getting released.

  42. dowens11 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:58 PM

    It’s sad that people have such short memories, LT IS the best running back, EASILY, over the past decade. Coming from a Raider fan. Unlike QB’s, rings don’t factor into the all time conversation for players at other positions and LT wins this argument by a landslide. I hope this is to the Chargers what The Bambino Curse was to The Boston Red Sox.

  43. CapsLockKey says: Feb 22, 2010 4:58 PM

    “Helluva running back. It’s sad to see the greats fade, but it happens. Only Barry Sanders left the game still great.”
    Walter Payton?

  44. kazkal says: Feb 22, 2010 5:00 PM

    Part of how Football works,Hope you find a good team LT.

  45. superbowl says: Feb 22, 2010 5:02 PM

    IMO and just in my opinion. i have a suspicion that LT may have liked the men a little too much.
    But just my opinion.

  46. Jagdbaer says: Feb 22, 2010 5:02 PM

    LT would’ve had his Super Bowl rings if the Patriots hadn’t cheated.

  47. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Feb 22, 2010 5:03 PM

    Belichick for President said The only LT ever was Lawrence Taylor,
    Well put.
    THE ONLY LT WAS Lawrence Taylor!

  48. IndyColt45 says: Feb 22, 2010 5:03 PM

    “The timing of the release was likely out of deference to Tomlinson’s career. ”
    Yeah, I’m sure it was this and not at all related to the huge roster bonus he was set to receive in a week.

  49. HarrisonHits says: Feb 22, 2010 5:07 PM

    Now we’re going to have to listen to LT’s Mommie crying in the press about how horrible the other teams are being to him by offering him new contracts that don’t amount to anything more than “crumbs”.
    Great player, possibly the biggest whiner in the history of the game. Will not be unhappy to see him retire, the sooner the better though I think he’ll stick around another couple years crying about how little he’s getting paid and how he’s not getting enough touches while he’s sucking it up.

  50. SoCalSean says: Feb 22, 2010 5:07 PM

    Finally! Maybe he’ll stop being in every commercial in the SoCal area… Seriously, this guy will endorse anything..

  51. Stone Steps says: Feb 22, 2010 5:07 PM

    Thank you for your many years of service LT!

  52. MNSportsGuy79 says: Feb 22, 2010 5:07 PM

    Go out in style LT…don’t tarnish your rep on another squad in a backup role. You didn’t get your ring and that’s too bad, but neither did Marino and he’s still one of the best. You’re a 1st ballot Hall-Of-Famer and you don’t need to try to prove you can still play the game. Don’t go all T.O. on the bit…go out in style. For Love Of The Game!!

  53. Drat says: Feb 22, 2010 5:09 PM

    He will be NFL comeback player of the year. Whoever picks him up will get dollars for donuts. I hope.

  54. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Feb 22, 2010 5:10 PM

    Does AJ Smith take any responsibility for no championships? He surely bears part of the blame and in my opinion, most of the blame.

  55. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 22, 2010 5:11 PM

    LT is from Texas…..
    Cowboys or Texans will be his next home….

  56. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 22, 2010 5:12 PM

    @ jagd
    Or had he had some courage and toughness to fight through an injury that a lot of other tougher guys would have played through to win a playoff game. Face it, the guy is a gigantic terd with a piece of corn stuck in his head.

  57. ampats says: Feb 22, 2010 5:16 PM

    Yeah Jagdbaer! Just like the 2007 when “LT(2)” sat on the bench hiding behind his visor during the AFC Championship.
    My mistake, “spygate” occured in September in 2007 during the week the Patriots destroyed the Chargers during the regular season game 38-13.

  58. BigFella87 says: Feb 22, 2010 5:16 PM

    Too bad for the Bolts….great RB who was one of the best……Can anyone see Buffalo trying to pick this guy up? Just a thought…..
    Go Ravens

  59. BearDown30 says: Feb 22, 2010 5:18 PM

    Definitely going to be weird seeing him in a different uniform. Great player and a class act, I hope he signs with a team that can get him a ring.

  60. boltschick says: Feb 22, 2010 5:22 PM

    Very sad day in San Diego, the end of the LT era. Our beloved LT will be dearly missed. I appreciate everything he did for the Chargers and San Diego and wish him all the best.

  61. jbwbubba says: Feb 22, 2010 5:25 PM

    Next home, The Houstan Texans. LT goes home and the Texans need a RB. Of course I thought Marvin Harrison would have been signed also.

  62. Bossman says: Feb 22, 2010 5:27 PM

    And Jagdbaer would not have been born if his mommy hadn’t cheated.

  63. crise40g says: Feb 22, 2010 5:30 PM

    He WAS a great RB. Like GM Smith said, he’s a HOFer. Too bad no ring for him. Or the DisChargers for that matter.

  64. i'm president charlie! says: Feb 22, 2010 5:30 PM

    Dear Mr. Rooney,
    Allow Willie Parker to enter free agency and sign L.T.
    Sincerely,
    The Steelers running game

  65. Burritto says: Feb 22, 2010 5:31 PM

    “‘Helluva running back. It’s sad to see the greats fade, but it happens. Only Barry Sanders left the game still great.’
    Walter Payton?”
    Yup. Definitely Jim Brown too and plenty of others. To me, this shows two disturbingly common football-logic problems:
    1) Many fans of this generation of the NFL are used to Emmitt Smiths and Jerry Rices hanging around for as many years as the can still jog and think this is how every star has gone out.
    2) Barry Sanders is strongly overrated. He did leave the game with gas left in his tank, but he’s certainly not the best RB ever and not even the best RB to leave the game with years on the table.

  66. crise40g says: Feb 22, 2010 5:33 PM

    He WAS a great RB. Like GM Smith said, he’s a HOFer. Too bad no ring for him. Or the DisChargers for that matter.

  67. immortus00 says: Feb 22, 2010 5:33 PM

    Belichick for President says:
    February 22, 2010 4:41 PM
    The only LT ever was Lawrence Taylor.
    Besides owning the nickname, he also owns two Super Bowl rings. In other words, something Lady Tomlinson will never be within sniffing distance of.
    That’s right, B4P, anything that Lawerence Taylor ever got a sniff of he snorted….

  68. ShackDeezNutz says: Feb 22, 2010 5:39 PM

    F- this guy. Everyone in the media loves to talk about how classy he is, what a warrior he is. Can we simply recall how he moped on the bench with his coat and hid behind his Darth Vader shield for pretty much that entire playoff loss against the Patriots? And spare me the bit about how heartbroken he was to not be playing because he was such a warrior. Philip Rivers played with crazy injuries in that game, and if LT couldn’t go, he could’ve at least shown some semblance of a positive attitude, instead of moping like a poor-sport. This guy sucks. People saying the Pats will pick him up I highly disagree with. Bellichick is such a miserable and spiteful guy that he’ll never go near the guy.

  69. Tdk24 says: Feb 22, 2010 5:40 PM

    He still could re-sign with them for less.

  70. Dasmol says: Feb 22, 2010 5:45 PM

    Definitely one of the Greatest Running Backs of All Time. It’s terrible that it had to come to this. SD should’ve found a way to get it done, keep him there and get some run blocking O-linemen.
    His recent stats say more about his terrible blocking, and lack of a quality fullback than his health and talent. To suggest otherwise is simply uninformed.
    Good luck LT. It was an absolute privilege to watch you make history.

  71. geaux says: Feb 22, 2010 5:49 PM

    Hello Houston.
    They need a RB, and a guy who will make a splash with the team.
    Even if said guy’s best days are behind him.
    LT has Texans written all over him.

  72. raidertg says: Feb 22, 2010 5:52 PM

    He will be missed by the Raider fans. We’ll be missing laughing at him as he sits on the sidelines cry during another playoff loss. For the record he was good but by no means was he the greatest running back around. Give me a break!!

  73. scomibord says: Feb 22, 2010 5:57 PM

    # Chapnasty2 says: February 22, 2010 5:12 PM
    @ jagd
    Or had he had some courage and toughness to fight through an injury that a lot of other tougher guys would have played through to win a playoff game. Face it, the guy is a gigantic terd with a piece of corn stuck in his head.
    That has to be the funniest comment of the day!!!!!

  74. snnyjcbs says: Feb 22, 2010 5:59 PM

    San Diego Chargers AFC Championship Games played in to date = (2) lol a bunch while rolling on the floor.
    Oakland Raiders AFC Championship Games played in to date = (14) laughing so hard I am crying.
    He was a great regular season back that was a bunch like the Charger teams over the years, when the pressure was on or the game really was for money they both FADE and fall.
    The Chargers over the many years they have played have earned the tag FADER like no team in NFL History.

  75. Jagdbaer says: Feb 22, 2010 6:06 PM

    Wow you’re right ampats! What a great run the Cheatriots had that year to go undefeated- run up the score on everyone- only to lose in the Super Bowl to the Giants! What, Rodney Harrison didn’t get his HGH booster shot before the game? And then early in the next season Tom Brady gets his knee blown out and coach Hoody can’t do a damn thing to save the season. Karma’s a bitch!!!

  76. Treima says: Feb 22, 2010 6:07 PM

    Let’s see…disgruntled veteran, staple of an offense for years, maybe a little something left in the tank for a good year or two more…
    LT, Coach Belichick is on the phone…

  77. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Feb 22, 2010 6:08 PM

    Best first 7 years to start a career for a RB in NFL history! LT was the MAN! Too bad his single knee injury against the Colts pretty much wiped out the rest of his career. I mean, people complain about him sitting against the Pats but just look what he did after that injury….nothing. He went from the leagues leading rusher to being caught from behind by a DE. He’s a first ballot HOFer but it’s too bad he couldn’t get his ring. He was one of the greats and for him to end his career where it started the way it folded out is just sad.
    And why do all the Giants fans get mad because everyone calls him LT? Wasn’t Lawrence Taylor a crackhead? Do YOU want to say LaDanian Tomlinson everytime you talk about him? I know I don’t. His name is long and not normal. LaDanian Toml…..eh LT is fine.

  78. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 22, 2010 6:08 PM

    @ dasmol
    yeah it was great watching him make history… not sure what history you speak of but it was fun, especially when he cried like a baby against the pats

  79. Just Drew It! says: Feb 22, 2010 6:13 PM

    @Burritto
    “2) Barry Sanders is strongly overrated. He did leave the game with gas left in his tank, but he’s certainly not the best RB ever and not even the best RB to leave the game with years on the table.”
    10 years in the league, 10 years over 1000 yards
    One 2000 yd season
    Career avg of 5.0 ypc (easily more than Smith, Payton, Tomlinson)
    All of this behind a terrible offensive line, and no passing game for all but maybe 2 of those years.
    Yea….real overrated.

  80. Mr.ClaytonBigsby says: Feb 22, 2010 6:15 PM

    # Bossman says: February 22, 2010 5:27 PM
    And Jagdbaer would not have been born if his mommy hadn’t cheated.
    HAHAHHAHA BURN!

  81. Mr.ClaytonBigsby says: Feb 22, 2010 6:19 PM

    Something tells me LaDainians music video was an actual tryout tape he sent to Dancing with the Stars.

  82. Electrogasm says: Feb 22, 2010 6:19 PM

    BigBlueFan – Give it a rest, for God’s sake.
    THERE WERE TWO LTs THAT PLAYED IN THE NFL. Deal with it.
    One was a great LB that played on two SB teams. Unfortunately, all that most will remember is that he was a drug addict that had multiple relapses. He also abused alcohol and openly subscribed to hiring prostitutes. Perhaps his on-field greatness was a direct result of being coked up similar to that of a PED user. What a legacy!
    The other is a great RB whose first eight years in the NFL is nearly unmatched by any other RB in the history of the game. He holds or shares two dozen records, all without the assistance of illegal drugs. Unfortunately, he never got to play in the SB due to untimely injuries and his immature and irresponsible teammates letting him down time after time.
    So you see, there ARE two LTs in NFL lexicon.

  83. TheWizard says: Feb 22, 2010 6:21 PM

    Bellichick is such a miserable and spiteful guy
    Except………he has a track record of guys jumping through hoops to stay on or come to the Patriots.
    That being said, LT doesn’t strike me as a Belichick type of guy. Only 1 in 10 this happens.

  84. Deb says: Feb 22, 2010 6:25 PM

    @i’m president charlie …
    I’m sitting here scanning comments thinking, “Wow, it’s difficult for Rosenthal to type and sad to read” then you JOLT me to life.
    No, baby. Nooo. He’s gonna want too much money on the downside of his career. He’s too injury-prone at this stage. Yeah, it’s time to let Willie go, but we don’t need that. We have other needs for that money. Tomlinson would still be in San Diego if he were capable of recognizing that his production isn’t what it once was and agreeing to a significant paycut. We do not need a prima donna with diminished skills in our backfield.

  85. dowens11 says: Feb 22, 2010 6:29 PM

    @ Stuart Scott’s Left Eye
    I wish you posted in the top 10. You make great points about LaDanian, and 99% of the idiots bad mouthing him are brainwashed. I guess if the media can show you enough images of something or beat a dead horse then that’s what the masses walk away believing. Talking about a back not being able to get it done in the post season is unprecedented as well. What other running back great, good, mediocre, or terrible has ever been given praise or blame during a post season? QB and coaches are the only ones subject to that scrutiny.
    We live in sad times. Especially since those regurgitating the LT Vader comments really believe they formulated these opinions of him on their own. Red pill or blue pill anyone?

  86. Electrogasm says: Feb 22, 2010 6:32 PM

    sunnyjcbs –
    Get your facts straight or no one will ever take you seriously. The Chargers have played in four AFC Championship games.
    Secondly, it’s been over 25 years since your team won a SB, having won 29 games in the last 7 seasons. If you can hang on that title then Chargers fans can hang onto their AFL Championship title.

  87. Popeye says: Feb 22, 2010 6:35 PM

    did someone say bo jackson????HAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAh

  88. VikeMe28 says: Feb 22, 2010 6:41 PM

    The doors are now open for him to come to Minny!!! Sorry Chestah, but LT is on another level. I’d take him in a heart beat. AP and LT = SuperBowl WIN!!!

  89. Burritto says: Feb 22, 2010 6:48 PM

    Just Drew It! says:
    “10 years in the league, 10 years over 1000 yards
    One 2000 yd season
    Career avg of 5.0 ypc (easily more than Smith, Payton, Tomlinson)
    All of this behind a terrible offensive line, and no passing game for all but maybe 2 of those years.
    Yea….real overrated.”
    First of all, the quality of being overrated isn’t related to a player’s statistics, it’s related to how the player is considered in proportion to his statistics.
    Second of all, Sanders was useless in the playoffs. Also, if you watched him play, you’d know that his YPC is incredibly deceiving. He was a threat to score on any play, but those threats were inacted as 3 yard losses far too often. Finally: Lomas Brown, Kevin Glover, Jeff Hartings, Herman Moore. Not an all-star offense, but not at all surroundings like you describe.

  90. favres_right_tendon says: Feb 22, 2010 6:51 PM

    LT will be the backup RB in Indianapolis or New Orleans….mark it down.

  91. TheWizard says: Feb 22, 2010 6:52 PM

    and coach Hoody can’t do a damn thing to save the season
    Idiot.
    They went 11-5 with their #2 quarterback.
    Another reason to be
    TEAM OF THE DECADE

  92. Bob S. says: Feb 22, 2010 6:54 PM

    should have cut him 2 years ago after he stood on the sidelines and refused to play in the playoff as chargers lost.

  93. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 22, 2010 6:57 PM

    “1) Many fans of this generation of the NFL are used to Emmitt Smiths and Jerry Rices hanging around for as many years as the can still jog and think this is how every star has gone out.”
    Uh yeah Emmitt rushed for 937 yards and scored 9 TDs in his last season.

  94. Doc Fluty says: Feb 22, 2010 7:03 PM

    from a chiefs fan.. sad to see LT go. hes like emmit in dallas, montana in sf, farve in gb.. these people ARE thier teams…
    i wont be sad to see him stop gashing kc 2 times a year.. but sad to see a peice of history fade. I will be talking about LT when im 50 (20 years from now) whenever some young punk jumps on some 2-3 year vet and says hes the greatest ever (lookin at you AD fans)
    LT… its a bittersweet ending bud

  95. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 22, 2010 7:04 PM

    “10 years in the league, 10 years over 1000 yards
    One 2000 yd season
    Career avg of 5.0 ypc (easily more than Smith, Payton, Tomlinson)”
    Mainly because they pulled him in short yardage situations.
    “All of this behind a terrible offensive line, and no passing game for all but maybe 2 of those years.”
    Get real. Sanders RARELY faced 8 man fronts because he played in a run and shoot offense most of his career. 4 WRs in patterns, do the math. They may not have often had the best passing O in the NFL but they weren’t among the worst, either. And his OL wasn’t that terrible, Lomas Brown and Kevin Glover were pretty good OL.

  96. Treezs says: Feb 22, 2010 7:20 PM

    “”The doors are now open for him to come to Minny!!! Sorry Chestah, but LT is on another level. I’d take him in a heart beat. AP and LT = SuperBowl WIN!!!””
    Are you high? LT might be able to break one off after the whistle blows….

  97. Sourdough says: Feb 22, 2010 7:24 PM

    Sorry to see LT, the Raider Killer, go…but I’m sure some other Charger player will step up and continue the dominance that LT started his rookie season. No player owned the Raiders more than LT.
    As for the LT haters. Hate on because your hate won’t change the success and stats LT compiled while being the best RB of the past decade.
    Fare thee well LT.

  98. smeghead says: Feb 22, 2010 7:29 PM

    Wow, lots of hate for a truly great NFL player. I understand not liking a rival, but everyone should be able to see a great player when they watch one. As a Packer fan, I got to see Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Chuck Foreman, and Emmit Smith tear up my favorite team; but I still could like their quality of play. I know the internet is a hot bed of hate, but Tomlinson was a great player for a long time. If you cannot admit that, then your words deserve to be lost in “the sound and the fury”.
    Good luck LT, hope you at least get a chance to play for a contender next season.

  99. jimsloan says: Feb 22, 2010 7:31 PM

    Remerber Marcus Allen? I see the same potential in LT I hope the Eagles take a look. To the LT haters, I say the people he worked for and with know him best I think I will go with their opinion. Jim Sloan Bangkok

  100. dolfanSS says: Feb 22, 2010 7:45 PM

    Well for the first time in as long as I can remember the Chargers were not the most overrated team in the NFL last year. They were actually pretty good but no thanks to LT. Every year they stick with Norv Turner as their head coach is another wasted year.

  101. peruano88 says: Feb 22, 2010 7:54 PM

    Thanks for all the memories LT. You were a great player, and even greater man LT. And you will always remain a legend here in San Diego until you’re forever enshrined LT!
    I wonder how much it kills Giants fans to see an LT who WASN”T on drugs be an icon to a city……
    And for all the other haters, this was a guy who never missed a regular season game due to injury up until this past season, even though he was injured. To quote what a former member of the organization said about LT playing through injury: “LT, he’s a dark skinned brotha. If you can see he’s purple, that’s bad.” That’s referring to his injured ribs that never caused him to miss a game. But as the saying goes, haters gonna hate….
    Regardless, people can hate on him all the way up until he receives his HOF bust. Keep feeling cool while you type you’re ridiculous remarks in your parents basement. Don’t forget to go to work at McDonalds later!

  102. peruano88 says: Feb 22, 2010 7:54 PM

    Thanks for all the memories LT. You were a great player, and even greater man LT. And you will always remain a legend here in San Diego until you’re forever enshrined LT!
    I wonder how much it kills Giants fans to see an LT who WASN”T on drugs be an icon to a city……
    And for all the other haters, this was a guy who never missed a regular season game due to injury up until this past season, even though he was injured. To quote what a former member of the organization said about LT playing through injury: “LT, he’s a dark skinned brotha. If you can see he’s purple, that’s bad.” That’s referring to his injured ribs that never caused him to miss a game. But as the saying goes, haters gonna hate….
    Regardless, people can hate on him all the way up until he receives his HOF bust. Keep feeling cool while you type you’re ridiculous remarks in your parents basement. Don’t forget to go to work at McDonalds later!

  103. Drafty says: Feb 22, 2010 8:00 PM

    “He’s a future Hall of Famer,” G.M. A.J. Smith said. “My only regret is that he leaves without a Super Bowl ring.”
    Yeah. Sure-fire Hall-of-Famer. Remember all those big playoff performances? All those spectacular moments in the games that counted the most?
    He played during a time span where, for the most part, his division was garbage. And he ran all over some of the worst defenses in football in the AFC West for many years.
    When the chips were down, against the cream of the conference, he was crap. End of story. First ballot – Hall of Candyasses.

  104. Burritto says: Feb 22, 2010 8:08 PM

    “1) Many fans of this generation of the NFL are used to Emmitt Smiths and Jerry Rices hanging around for as many years as the can still jog and think this is how every star has gone out.”
    Uh yeah Emmitt rushed for 937 yards and scored 9 TDs in his last season. ”
    Wow. Not only is that not a dazzling line (Tomlinson had 12 TDs last season, and that’s who I’d put him in league with), but it’s a very selective sampling.
    Emmitt Smith had a career YPC of 4.2. In the last four years of his career, he had YPC’s of: 3.9, 3.8, 2.8, and 3.5. His TD totals were 3, 5, 2, and 9 in those years despite an average of over 13 TDs a season coming in to those years. Not shocking that you picked an anomaly as your reference. If you look at his numbers from 1990-2000 and then look at 2001-2004, you have the very definition of “drop-off”.
    And I don’t think Emmitt was super-horrible or something in those years, he was just very clearly a 30+ RB who didn’t have what he used to have. I’m just pointing out that not every NFL great plays at that stage for 4 years.

  105. MyronB says: Feb 22, 2010 8:10 PM

    Westbrook and Portis are next?

  106. rraider says: Feb 22, 2010 8:26 PM

    Seems like a nice guy…..lets not get carried away with how good he was or still is………….has been productive on some good teams but as team has morphed from run(him) to pass (rivers) hasnt handled it well………….larry Johnson with more longevity and less off field issues……….couldnt this be almost any back if featured for 5 years…….or should i say overworked for 5 years………………

  107. Big BrEasy says: Feb 22, 2010 8:40 PM

    Around 3pm, LT got a phone call. He didnt like that call, naw, naw, not a very good call!

  108. TheWizard says: Feb 22, 2010 8:48 PM

    You people throw the word “hate” around way too much.
    If this guy had half the class he thought he did, you wouldn’t see all this negative reaction.
    He and his team did more talking than they did winning, that’s not hate, that’s fact.

  109. Deb says: Feb 22, 2010 9:17 PM

    @jimsloan …
    Al Davis had it in for Marcus Allen because of a contract dispute. Once Allen went down with a knee injury, Davis used it as an excuse to bench him. Though he recovered from the injury, Allen could barely get on the field for the better part of three years. So despite being in his 12th season when he went to the Chiefs, he’d really played closer to nine and had tremendous incentive to succeed with a Davis division rival.
    Tomlinson’s played nine seasons, but the Chargers didn’t treat him as Davis treated Allen. Injuries have slowed his production. His yards per carry have significantly declined in the last two years and his total yards were way down this year. I’d be surprised if he found that Allen second wind. But I’m not a hater and wish him well. Who knows?

  110. Dasmol says: Feb 22, 2010 10:07 PM

    chapnasty2
    ‘yeah it was great watching him make history… not sure what history you speak of but it was fun, especially when he cried like a baby against the pats’
    Yeah, I don’t suppose you would know much about NFL history or the greats that make it. Probably like you don’t know that LT sat and let a very capable Michael Tuner cary the ball in the playoffs.
    Give LT and decent O-line (something SD lacked) and watch him go.

  111. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 22, 2010 10:57 PM

    “Wow. Not only is that not a dazzling line (Tomlinson had 12 TDs last season, and that’s who I’d put him in league with), but it’s a very selective sampling.”
    It’s the only sampling that matters if you’re going to start bagging on guys “hanging around for as many years as they can still jog”. What better than the last year of his career?
    “If you look at his numbers from 1990-2000 and then look at 2001-2004, you have the very definition of “drop-off”.”
    Why do you put “drop off” in quotation? You SAID something about jogging. Not just a “drop-off”.
    “And I don’t think Emmitt was super-horrible or something in those years, he was just very clearly a 30+ RB who didn’t have what he used to have.”
    Yeah he wasn’t what Emmitt USED to be, but really, how many guys are as good at 30+ as they were when they were

  112. phi009 says: Feb 22, 2010 11:55 PM

    LT was a great player and the face of the Chargers….He is still being featured in Nike ads due to his likability and the respect others have for him. For all of you that are bashing him, calling him a whiner and unclassy, you have showed your class…or lack there of. You are all a bunch of losers that don’t have something better to do than bash one of the best RBs/people the NFL has seen. Get a life. Oh yeah….To all of you Raider fans that feel you need to talk s*#t…Just remember you have been and will continue to be dominated by the Bolts.

  113. Deb says: Feb 23, 2010 12:15 PM

    I hate the Raiders. But after reading all this stuff about how the Chargers own and dominate them and always will, I feel compelled to point out that in the quest for rings, the Raidahs have THREE and the Bolts have ZERO.
    Just keeping it real.

  114. sullijo says: Feb 23, 2010 2:25 PM

    Good for LT.
    Now he can get on a team that actually has a chance to play in and win a Super Bowl.

  115. this class sucks says: Feb 23, 2010 6:21 PM

    Once Al Davis dies the Raiders will be a good team again. The Chargers have had a lot of talent on both sides of the ball for years and couldn’t close the deal and its going to get harder every year.

  116. MasterShake says: Feb 23, 2010 11:57 PM

    I let go of a LaDainian Tomlinson this morning. I didn’t realize that I ate that much last night.

  117. TheDeuceIsLoose says: Feb 24, 2010 7:50 PM

    # dowens11 says: February 22, 2010 4:58 PM
    It’s sad that people have such short memories, LT IS the best running back, EASILY, over the past decade. Coming from a Raider fan. Unlike QB’s, rings don’t factor into the all time conversation for players at other positions and LT wins this argument by a landslide. I hope this is to the Chargers what The Bambino Curse was to The Boston Red Sox.
    OH NO! You mean our long run of winning championship after championship is over???? SAY IT AINT SO!!!!

  118. jiggyflyMclovin says: Feb 25, 2010 1:24 AM

    My favorite play was LT’s touchdown pass to Drew Brees against the raiders,HATERS!I was reading LTs records today,took me 5 minutes.Yeah,He’s getting older,but the last couple of years they didn’t block for him,And Norv ran him straight up the gut too many times! Get a life raiders fans,living in the past recalling your glory days is getting kinda pathetic;as a bolts fan we only hope al passes gently soon so at least we can expect a decent competetive game maybe from your”team”!Yeah he’s not perfect but I seem to hear a little jealousy.Sad,reminds me of the day Magic retired,hate to see him go but hope he gets his ring!P.S. If he went to the Raiders you haters would be creaming your pants(What happened to your bust McFadden,thought he was supposed to be the next LT?)Bill Sanderson

  119. papertiger says: Feb 25, 2010 5:39 AM

    LT was the greatest….at not showing up in the playoffs. For someone who admits to wearing their heart on their sleeve, it says a lot when they don’t go to war with their teammates in order to win a game that gets your team into the Superbowl. Injuries or not, a player doesn’t get many chances like that in their career. I hope LT remembers that when he signs with the lowly Texans.

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