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Nothing new here - Chargers pitch restructured deal to LT

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    BUT.................


    The San Diego Chargers have presented LaDainian Tomlinson with a restructured contract offer, though it may not be a final one.

    Earlier, it was reported (and ESPN confirmed with sources) that the Chargers had presented Tomlinson with a final offer in an effort to hold onto the five-time Pro Bowl running back.



    THIS IS INTERESTING.................

    Monday, the team and Tomlinson's agent, Tom Condon, both said that the parties are in the "final stages" of negotiations, but the latest offer is not "take-it-or-leave it."





    The offer is for less money than the $24 million Tomlinson is scheduled to make by 2011. The terms of the restructuring are not known.

    Tomlinson has three years remaining on an eight-year contract he signed in 2004 that, at the time, made him the highest-paid running back in NFL history.

    Tomlinson, 29, battled injuries to his toe, knee and groin last season and had a career-low 292 rushing attempts and 1,110 yards. He has played his entire eight-year career with the Chargers, but he's been injured at playoff time the last two years.

    His current contract, like many in the NFL, was backloaded and the Chargers are looking for salary cap flexibility.

    "I feel that I need to make it very clear that I have NO intentions of leaving San Diego," Tomlinson wrote on his Web site in January. "San Diego is where my career started and where I'd like it to end."

    Last month, the Chargers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on speedy running back Darren Sproles, virtually assuring that he will be back for the 2009 season.

    Sproles had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The Chargers tendered him a one-year contract offer of approximately $6.62 million, the average of the top five salaried running backs from 2008.

    General manager A.J. Smith said in February the team had plans to begin speaking with Sproles' agent, Gary Wichard, about a long-term deal.

    At the time, Smith shot down speculation that putting the tag on Sproles spelled the end of Tomlinson's record-setting tenure in San Diego.

    "This has nothing to do with LT," Smith said. "Our intention is to pursue LT."
     
  2. TBF

    TBF BoltTalker

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    From KFFL... Positive spin at least.

    Chargers | Tomlinson close to restructuring contract
    Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:05:44 -0700

    Updating a previous item, ESPNews reports San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson is in the final stages of restructuring his contract with the team.
     
  3. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    Hmm...just reiterating what ESPN already said.
     
  4. CoronaDoug

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    D-DAY FOR L.T., CHARGERS IS THREE WEEKS AWAY
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2009, 12:23 p.m.
    Though neither side has articulated it in these terms, the practical reality regarding the ongoing impasse between the Chargers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson is that a final decision likely will be necessary before the launch of the team’s offseason workout program.

    In San Diego, the voluntary strength and condition routine launches on March 30, three weeks from today. And so, unless the Chargers are willing to risk having L.T. drop a dumbell on his foot and miss the 2009 season and owe him for zero games the $6.725 million they don’t want to pay him to play in all of them, the team won’t want Tomlinson to be in the facility.

    Three years ago, the Titans and quarterback Steve McNair engaged in a standoff over that precise topic, with the team locking McNair out of the complex and McNair being forced to file a grievance, which ultimately succeeded.

    So we’d be very surprised if the Chargers and Tomlinson don’t resolve their differences (presumably with a divorce) at some point before the end of the month.
    http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/
     
  5. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    So basically..................there's nothing new to report


    Figures



    This is really starting to irritate me
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Why is it irritating you? Neither the Chargers nor LT have to rush this. LT already has his 2+ million prorated portion of his signing bonus. Nothing changes that. The only reason to hurry would be if LT is due a roster bonus soon. Otherwise they can take as long as they need to.

    I dount we will hear anything before the draft.
     
  7. Dublin Bolt

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    If anything this quote from Condon leaves me optimistic that a deal will be done to keep LT in SD.

    I didn't think I'd see him saying something like that. Sounds like they are close to agreement.

    Hope I'm not way off.
     
  8. AnteaterCharger

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    Because I want it to be over with so we can focus on either grabbing some FAs or more likely the draft and resigning certain players long term
     
  9. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Now that PFT has presumed a divorce... we can all rest comfortably knowing that LT will be a Charger in 2009.
     
  10. cranberry

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    I see it like you db. They'll get it done and every side
    won't lost their face. AJ who saved some money, but didn't
    lose LT. and LT stays in SD and when he's healthy he'll get
    the 24Mio in 3 years, when not really less of it.
     
  11. Dublin Bolt

    Dublin Bolt BoltTalker

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  12. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    This sheds a little light on the situation. Just no answer.
     
  13. mandude

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    Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations with LT...

    LT decision soon?
    By Kevin Acee


    Posted: 11:30 a.m. Monday March 9, 2009
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    Chris Mortensen is reporting this morning that LaDainian Tomlinson's agent and the Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations.

    That sounds like something is coming soon.

    And it probably always was. The Chargers put things in LT's hands last week when they made what was essentially their final offer.

    Whatever is going on now had to be initiated by the Tomlinson camp. It was LT's turn to respond.

    The thing to remember about final offers in these situations is that they are not final until they are really final. There is very often what A.J. Smith calls "wiggle room." So while the Chargers had made their "final" pitch to Tomlinson and the ball was in his court, it is no surprise there was talking yet to be done.

    The fact that the sides are still talking -- likely at this point down to the structure of the deal -- would seem to be a good sign for those wanting LT to stay in San Diego.


    First indication I've seen that he might actually stay! :yes::yes:
     
  14. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations with LT...

    Christ almighty just sign the damn deal and lets win a ****ing Super Bowl
     
  15. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations with LT...

    CHURCH!


    But i still dont think anything happenss before the draft.
     
  16. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations with LT...

    I don't think it goes beyond this week.
     
  17. Thumper

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    Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations with LT...

    Off season workouts start at the end of the month and if LT were to get injured, the Chargers would be on the hook for his current salary while he sits all year. IF they won't pay his current salary for him to play, they sure as hell ain't gonna pay it for him to sit.

    LT will sign a restructured deal or be released before the end of the month.
     
  18. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations with LT...

    Betcha a bolt buck... :icon_evil:
     
  19. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Here is some more.

    Chargers | Will not trade LT if deal can't be made
    Mon, 09 Mar 2009 14:31:04 -0700

    John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the San Diego Chargers will not trade RB LaDainian Tomlinson if they can't agree on a restructured deal. The team would release Tomlinson out of respect. The two sides are working on paying Tomlinson more than what RB Darren Sproles will make this season and restructuring the final two years of his contract.
     
  20. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    It sounds like it's all bucks to LT, oh well it's his path to follow.
     
  21. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    So I really do think the cap hit is worth it. Pay him 7 million and be done with it.
     
  22. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    or,


    sproles get signed for something shy of 4mil


    LT gets 5


    and we all live happily ever after!!!

    :tup:
     
  23. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    Um, doesn't the tender mean he gets AT LEAST the average of the 5 highest paid running backs in the league i.e. $6.66 million?
     
  24. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    Not if he signs a long-term deal. He hasn't signed the franchise agreement yet either [not sure if it matters].
     
  25. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    The fact that they are talking and working things out seems positive. :tup:

    I don't begrudge LT for asking for what's he's earned and what he's worth. I don't begrudge the Chargers for trying to make some room under the cap. Everyone is acting like big-boys and hopefully it'll turn out OK.

    Football Gods willing heh.

    It flat out makes me teary when I think of LT leaving... I'd give that man my last dollar if it made a difference in his decision.
     
  26. rexy2006

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    Chargers are in "the final stages" of negotiations with LT...

    This has just been reiterated on Radio XX1090 here in San Diego by the Bleacher Idiots, that it is in the "final"stages. Both dolts dont think LT will return. Neither one are Charger fans. This is well known here.

    They are now asking fans to call in on whether they think LT will return or not.
     
  27. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    What Sydalish said.

    At least if I understand (and believe) the stuff I read around here

    :lol:
     
  28. Ride The Lightning

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

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    :lol:

    people still listen to 1090?

    :lol:
     
  29. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    I can't do it in the afternoons anymore... I tried to give the clowns a chance, but I cannot stand it. I'm liable to ram someone with my car - they cause road rage. :tdown:

    1090 is a joke.
     
  30. Kwak

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    I am spared having the option of 1090 where I live. I guess I should call it a blessing based on what I have heard about the 2 clowns hosting the show.
     

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