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Acee: Bolts Ponder LT's Fate 1-17-09

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by rexy2006, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    They could keep star, rework his contract, or trade or release him

    By Kevin Acee (Contact) Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:00 a.m. January 17, 2009

    The Chargers – meaning President Dean Spanos, General Manager A.J. Smith, Vice President Ed McGuire and head coach Norv Turner – will consider four options with regard to LaDainian Tomlinson's future with the team.
    Within the next month, they will either keep him at his current salary level, approach him about a contract renegotiation, try to trade him or release him.

    All four options – releasing him or attempting to work out a new contract, or both, appear to be the most likely scenarios – will be weighed with several factors in mind. And all those factors can really be boiled down to one objective.

    “How do we do all the things we need to do,” Smith said yesterday. “That's what we have to figure out.”

    The Chargers have several young players whose contracts expire over the next two years. Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill and Shawne Merriman are due to become unrestricted free agents after the 2009 season.

    With Tomlinson due to make $6.725 million and also count an additional $2.066 million toward the salary cap based on the prorated portion of his signing bonus, any renegotiation would actually be asking Tomlinson to take a pay cut.

    Renegotiations for the sake of helping a team make room under the cap generally involve a highly paid star taking a lower salary but making up for it in bonus money.

    Asking him to rework his contract would leave the decision on whether to stay up to Tomlinson, and there might be teams willing and in a better position to pay him more than the Chargers.

    The Chargers likely would not want to guarantee Tomlinson too much, because of the point he is at in his career. Plus, in regards to the salary cap, they are already on the hook for the $2.066 million of signing bonus money from the contract he signed in 2004.
    The willingness to even think about parting ways with Tomlinson is not just because of money.

    There is also the fact that he is going to be 30 in June and has finished the past two seasons with serious injuries. Additionally, his unhappiness with the offense has not gone unnoticed in the organization.

    Should the team offer Tomlinson a reworked contract – and taking the $8.791 million cap hit does not seem doable – he could reject the deal. That would essentially force the Chargers to release or trade him.

    The trade market, according to several sources, would likely bring the Chargers a mid-round draft pick. And out of respect for Tomlinson, who has spent eight years selling jerseys and breaking records as a Charger, the team would probably release him rather than put him through the indignity of being on the trade market.

    If the Chargers do retain Tomlinson at his current salary, they will face the same dilemma next year. Tomlinson is due to make $8 million in 2010. His 2011 salary would be $9.275 million.

    Rivera happy to stay

    Saying he had to “look at opportunities,” Ron Rivera nonetheless is pleased to remain the Chargers' defensive coordinator.
    “I'm excited to be coming back,” said Rivera, who on Wednesday interviewed for the Lions' head coaching job that went to Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz the next day. “It's a good situation. I like what we have in terms of players, and I like the situation with Norv.”
    Rivera, under contract for two more years, is not talking with any other teams with head coaching vacancies.
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  2. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Yep, those are pretty much all the things they can do. Great headline!
     
  3. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

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    :lol: Cut him, and then we'll have ten plus million in cap next season because we won't sign anyone with the extra money
     
  4. TheBeast

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    They should make a reality show out this whole fiasco.

    :lol:

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  5. auctoritas

    auctoritas BoltTalker

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    Maybe the least informative article of the year.
     
  6. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Acee is a **** stirrer extrodinaire.
     
  7. Harley

    Harley BoltTalker

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    it's all good pr for the team. they've now positioned themselves to go either way. avoiding (or minimizing) the **** storm if they cut him loose or being the great organization who cares about they're players if they keep him.
    get all lathered up if you will but either way the team will be better for this episode, i.e. we get somthing for lt or he comes back po'd and runs like he has in the past (or at least tries to).
    tiz the biz, stop cry'in.
     
  8. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    LT is our HC. We wouldn't have made the playoffs last season or this season without him.
     
  9. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    LT would be wise to renegotiate his contract, his candle is burning and the light is growing dim. I'd hate to see him in different colors to be honest. When Say-ow was axed it didn't bother me, Harrison did and LT would also.:bolt:
     
  10. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    How so?
     
  11. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    He made a speech in the locker room, that is the entire reason everyone started playing better and we suddenly started winning. It had NOTHING to do with the coaches. That one speech was everything. Dudes were just not performing, not executing, etc., then LT said a few words and it was all magically fixed.

    If the Chargers decide LT can't be the featured running back anymore, then they should make him head coach. After all, the only thing necessary to make a team of 53 professional grown men function at a high level is a speech from LT. The Chargers should save a bunch of money and get rid of the entire coaching staff, do away with all practices and meetings, because they had NO affect on the team's play. It was all one speech from LT.

    Come on Conc!
     
  12. auctoritas

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    It's SO easy, why can't everyone SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE!
    :icon_rofl:
     
  13. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    LT HAS THAT MUCH POWER???????????
     
  14. Showmeyourbolt

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    Better yet. Let's just cut that LT guy. What good is he? It's obvious that we wouldn't be successful without that Norv Turner. What an incredible find he was.
     
  15. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    I was making a sarcastic response to the notion that LT is somehow the coach of the team, or singularly responsible for everything that happened after he addressed the team.

    YOU changed the subject. NOBODY is saying Norv is the greatest coach ever, but if you are going to slam him for every bad thing that happens, it seems only fair to give him some credit when things go right. Of course certain people refuse to acknowledge that he ever gets anything right, and want to make ridiculous statements about one speech being the turning point of the season. If that was the case, why doesn't LT make his magic speech on the first day of the season?
     
  16. BoltzRule

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    Wow great article, maybe he'll have one on Sproles and tell us the options are re-signing him, franchise or transition tag him or let him leave.
     
  17. auctoritas

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    He doesn't need to now, you just did in a couple dozen words what Acee would in a few hundred.
     
  18. BoltzRule

    BoltzRule Well-Known Member

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    I guess I wouldn't make a good writer, not enough fluff. He could have just done it in one of his blogs, but maybe he had a quota to fulfill.
     
  19. ChargersBKK

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    Renegotiation.
     
  20. cranberry

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    There is no way to let LT go, Sproles alone can't get it done.
    maybe this is all about changing the payment for LT under
    the salary cup. Norv is able to to get a better balanced
    offense with surprising options, when all players are healthy.
    LT, Gates, Chambers and Floyd had injury problems.
    We need the draft to get better defence. not to try to find
    a new runningback.
     

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