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Discussion in 'American Football' started by CoronaDoug, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Official Hater

    Feb 14, 2007
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 10, 2009, 7:13 a.m.
    Less than a week after the mother of Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson characterized the team’s offer to her son on a restructured contract as “crumbs,” L.T. apparently is warming up to the notion of eating whatever he can get.

    According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, ongoing talks are in the “final stages.”

    And Acee predicts, after recently predicting (sort of) that L.T. would leave, that Tomlinson will continue his career with the Chargers.

    Her’s our semi-educated guess. We think that agent Tom Condon shopped the final offer to other potentially-interested teams. Permissible for Condon to ask but impermissible for the teams to answer, it’s a common (and prudent) practice whenever a player face an ultimatum from his current team.

    In this case, it’s likely that Condon realized that the Chargers are willing to pay Tomlinson more than anyone else.

    Thus, the question becomes whether Tomlinson is willing to take less than he was supposed to get, even if it’s more than someone else is willing to give.

    On the surface, it should be an easy analysis. But ego gets tied up in the equation, with the player not realizing why his past performance doesn’t entitle him to his future pay.

    And the player doesn’t always make the right decision. Though it’s not known how much less than $9 million the Colts were willing to pay to receiver Marvin Harrison, we suspect that the Colts were ready to give him more than anyone else was inclined to pay for an aging wideout with bad knees. Otherwise, Harrison would already have a new home.

    For now, it looks as if L.T. won’t be looking. We think that he already has looked, and that he’s realizing (once he ignores the $6.725 million base salary he’s supposed to make) that the Chargers might be the best option.
  2. boltmanbz

    boltmanbz Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Chargers | Tomlinson contract update
    Tue, 10 Mar 2009 05:21:57 -0700

    Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports the only issues remaining in contract talks between the San Diego Chargers and RB LaDainian Tomlinson appear to be over the structure of the deal, including incentives and signing bonus money. It appears likely Tomlinson might not have to take much of a cut - if any at all - in 2009 from the $6.725 million he is due. However, whether the base salary stays the same or incentives allow him to reach that level is not known. Any restructured deal will involve less than the $8 million he is due in 2010 and the $9.275 million he is due in 2011. In fact, it is possible part of the reduction could be an elimination of the 2011 contract year.
  3. timepiece33

    timepiece33 BoltTalker

    Jul 22, 2007
    Florio is an entertaining blogger, but nothing more.

    The likelihood is that the initial offer was unrealistic and there were problems with "unlikely to meet incentives" in 2010. Ed has a rep of being a hard a$% on those (since he designed the system). When this is all said and done, it should give us room in 2010 and 2011. Nice to see Acee actually write that since I've been saying it for weeks :)
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  4. pure-sol

    pure-sol Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2008
    Didn't Florio just say the other day that a divorce between LT and the Chargers was imminent? PFT is ghey.
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