LT, Chargers Still Working Toward Deal?
A resolution reportedly could come soon in the negotiations between the San Diego Chargers and tailback LaDainian Tomlinson over a possibly reworked contract that would keep him with the team.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the two sides have continued to negotiate even after the Chargers delivered what seemed to be a final proposal.
Under the terms of his current deal, Tomlinson is to have a salary of $6.725 million next season and is to count $8.79 million against the Chargers' salary cap, and he is to make $24 million over the next three seasons.
Tomlinson presumably will be released if the two sides cannot agree to a restructured contract. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, formerly Tomlinson's teammate with the Chargers, told a San Diego radio station in recent days that he'd love to be reunited with Tomlinson in New Orleans if the tailback is cut by the Chargers.
The Chargers, after losing tailback Michael Turner in free agency last offseason, used their franchise player tag last month to limit the free agent mobility of Tomlinson's backup this past season, Darren Sproles.
Tomlinson turns 30 in June and ran for a career-low 1,110 yards this past season while being plagued by a toe injury. He has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Chargers and has rushed for 11,760 yards and 126 touchdowns. He best season came in 2006 when he ran for 1,815 yards and 28 touchdowns.
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