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Tomlinson’s Future Will Come Down to a Business Decision

As has been speculated, there is going to be a lot of talk about what to do with LaDainian Tomlinson this offseason. Today’s San Diego Union Tribune talks about L.T. and his possible future, or non-future with the team.

As we sit here now looking at the club’s current roster – one soon to be tossed with General Manager A.J. Smith’s Own dressing – it also should be tailback LaDainian Tomlinson’s team. Except, in this case, two out of three may be bad. I’d wager a short part of what little I own that this great running back, this San Diego icon, has made his last juke and cut as a San Diego Charger. Life without LT? Prepare. He has three years remaining on perhaps the NFL’s most lucrative running back contract. His salary-cap number in 2009 will be $8.8 million, and when you consider he’ll be 30 and because of injury basically has been a nonfactor in the team’s last two failed playoff runs, doing the arithmetic isn’t necessary. LT’s fate will be a business decision and help, which the Chargers need in more than one area, will cost money. He makes a lot of it, and it’s unlikely he will be asked to take a pay cut. “The areas are glaring,” Smith says, knowing the Steelers smoked out the weaknesses.

So with that, look for the Chargers to make a business, and not a personal decision with Tomlinson, this despite his years with the club.


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