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L.T. Could Be Released If He Doesn’t Restructure Contract

Thursday’s move to franchise RB Darren Sproles has rumors abound about what it going to happen to running back LaDainian Tomlinson. GM A.J. Smith said that the franchising of Sproles means nothing in terms of L.T., but today in the San Diego Union Tribune, it looks like that could be changing.

Even before the principals began arriving here yesterday for the NFL Scouting Combine, meetings between the Chargers and LaDainian Tomlinson’s agent were set for this weekend. Ed McGuire, Chargers assistant general manager, arrives in Indianapolis tonight, and sources said a series of discussions between him and Tomlinson’s agent, Tom Condon, will take place after that. (McGuire is the team’s chief negotiator; General Manager A.J. Smith rarely speaks directly with agents.)

A source said yesterday that a meeting was set between McGuire and Condon for Sunday, but that will likely be just one of several components of a back-and-forth between the sides over a restructured contract for the superstar running back. It will be up to Tomlinson to accept less guaranteed money for 2009 with likely performance incentives that could earn him as much or more than the $6.725 million he is scheduled to make.

Sources have said Tomlinson will be released if the sides can’t reach agreement on a restructure. Tomlinson being gone will not affect Sproles’ role, but it could impact where the Chargers take a running back in the draft.

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