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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

LT's So Last Year

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The Chargers already let one running back, Michael Turner, walk away because they were loyal to LaDainian Tomlinson. Now Darren Sproles is looking for more carries, and this time, he should get them.

LT is a first-ballot Hall of Fame back, no doubt about it. And though he's on the wrong side of 30, there are more signs pointing to a slow career sunset -- a la Marcus Allen, for instance -- than to the recent crash-and-burn stories like Shaun Alexander's. But Marcus Allen shared carries in Oakland, most notably with Bo Jackson, and then he found a part-time workload for his extended twilight in Kansas City.

Sproles is four years and more than 3,000 touches younger than Tomlinson. He averaged better than five yards a carry in 2008, compared to a sub-par 3.8 for LT.

While not every old running back turns to complete garbage, very few make it back to All-Pro status after losing that edge. San Diego ought to shift some of the focus to Sproles or, better yet, deal LT to a team who will recast him in a role more befitting a tailback of his advanced years.

By Sean McCann  |  September 16, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  | Category:  Running Backs , San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Spoles is wicked good but I wouldn't give up on LT just yet. He still is a very good running back with life in him. If he can take a slightly diminished role in SD, the team would benefit. But the Chargers traded Michael Turner and kept LT so I guess they need to get their money's worth.

Posted by: kv5x5 | September 16, 2009 8:52 PM

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