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Tomlinson wants to stay in San Diego

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=txchargerstomlinson&amp;prov=st&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">PASports Ticker</a>

    <a href="http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/writers/peter_king/08/26/mmqb/p1_LT.jpg"><img class="alignright" title="LaDainian Tomlinson" src="http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/writers/peter_king/08/26/mmqb/p1_LT.jpg" alt="" width="159" height="216" /></a>SAN DIEGO (TICKER) -While the San Diego Chargers may be looking to trade running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the former NFL Most Valuable Player does not want to leave San Diego.

    Tomlinson made that clear Wednesday on his personal web site, where he addressed the trade rumors that surfaced following the Chargers' 35-24 loss to Pittsburgh in the divisional round of the playoffs.

    "I have been getting a lot of messages on my site regarding me leaving San Diego," Tomlinson said. "I feel that I need to make it very clear that I have no intentions of leaving San Diego.

    "San Diego is where my career started and where I'd like it to end. I have nothing but love and the upmost respect for this team, the players, and the Spanos family."

    However, the emergence of Darren Sproles as a possible No. 1 running back makes trading Tomlinson, one of the most popular players in Chargers' history, a distinct possibility.

    Tomlinson, who is under contract through 2011, turns 30 in June and will count $8.8 against the salary cap in 2009. The eight-year veteran also has been slowed by injuries the last two seasons.

    "We can't let our emotions taint our decisions, " said Chargers president Dean Spanos, who recently spoke with Tomlinson. "We talked about the situation and I just tried to explain everything that must be considered.

    "I told him we haven't even started our discussions and won't for awhile, so don't jump to any conclusions. And I told him I would call him personally to make sure he's aware of everything that's going on."

    Tomlinson surpassed 1,000 yards for the eighth consecutive season in 2008, but was held to a career-low 1,110 yards on 292 carries, also the fewest of his career.

    "Me being traded is completely out of my hands," Tomlinson added on his web site. "I have absolutely no control in that decision making. All I can do is wait and see how it all plays out. As for now, I am a Charger and will be until I am told otherwise."

    Sproles rushed for 115 yards in the Chargers' 52-21 playoff-clinching victory over Denver, then added 105 yards in a 23-17 overtime win over Indianapolis in a wild card playoff game.

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