The eighth-leading rusher in NFL history (and active leader) believes he's played his last game with the only team he's known in his nine-year pro career.
Yes, LaDainian Tomlinson thinks his days in San Diego are numbered. And he seems to be alright with it.
“I’m not coming back,” Tomlinson told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I don’t believe I’ll be back in San Diego. I’ve accepted it.”
Tomlinson has two years remaining on his contract, but is due a $2 million roster bonus on March 5 — a figure the team may balk at since the 30-year old is only guaranteed $1 million next season as part of his renegotiated deal signed last March.
Tomlinson rushed for a career-low 730 yards and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. His longest rush was 36 yards (the shortest long of his career) and he failed to have a 100-yard game for the first time in his career. He had just 24 yards on 12 carries in the Chargers' 17-14 divisional round loss to the Jets — his fifth straight playoff game rushing for less than 30 yards.
However, he did make this cool music video.
In all seriousness though, Tomlinson said he will "definitely" play next season. Where?
That's anybody's guess.
San Diego GM A.J. Smith said no decisions have been made about the 2010 Chargers, and that none will be until the beginning of next month (when LT's roster bonus is due).
“First of all, we haven’t even met on San Diego Chargers players for 2010,” he said. “We tentatively will make some decisions on the 4th or 5th of March, unless we have a directive from the league that tells us they’re pushing the date [to dole out roster bonuses] back.”
But Tomlinson seems to think his fate has already been sealed, and was reflective when speaking with Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune.
“It’s a mixed feeling,” he said, adding that he might have his agent try to expediate his release in order to find a new home quicker. “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.”