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LaDainian leaning toward retirement

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez hands the

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez hands the ball to running back LaDainian Tomlinson during the first half of their game against the Miami Dolphins. (January 1, 2012) Credit: AP Photo

LaDainian Tomlinson said after Sunday’s game that he would probably take some time to decide his next move.

But he already appears to be leaning toward leaning toward hanging up his cleats.

Tomlinson who’s set to become a free agent, told a San Diego radio station he’s thinking about calling it a career.

“I am contemplating retirement,” the future Hall of Famer told XX1090 today. "That's what I told my coaches and told my agent and everybody. That's exactly what it is. This is the first time in my playing career that I've actually honestly thought about this may be it for me. That's kind of where I am right now."

Tomlinson, who ranks fifth with 13,684 yards on the NFL’s all-time rushing list and on the will be 33 in June, also reiterated some of the things he had been previously saying, adding he thinks he still can play. But it has to be the right situation, a place where he could win a Super Bowl title to cap off his 11-year career.

He'll be missed in a Jets locker room where leadership was already scarce. He was the most vocal of any player after Sunday’s game, criticizing Santonio Holmes and questioning the wider receiver’s abilities as a captain after teammates thought he quit.

“[There] were some great times this year even through all that,” Tomlinson said. “We had some great times together, but I just think after 11 years of battling, getting close, and not getting it done, it's hard for me to start over on that journey again. It's going to be hard.”

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