Tomlinson says Chargers to release him, hopefully soon

5 02 2010

If his own speculation is true – and why would anyone doubt the word of LaDainian Tomlinson – his 9-year career in San Diego will be over soon. Anticipating a salary-cap move worth up to $5 million, Tomlinson has asked for the Chargers to make the cut quick and painless.

Where is the love? Where is the respect? Where is the gratitude? Money is screwing everything up.

This is just another example of players building their careers with one program, only to get kicked to the curb after years of dedicated service. And why? All over money.

Two of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees (soon to be announced) Jerry Rice and Emmit Smith are two prime examples. Jerry Rice helped build the 49ers’ 1990s Team of the Decade dynasty with nothing but a crazy work ethic and devotion to his team, teammates and fans. Emmit Smith was apart of the Trio, “America’s Team”, the other powerhouse in the NFC during the 1990s. And BOTH were cut at the end of their careers just to save money. Rice maintined a few dignified years in Oakland after leaving the Niners, but squandered a legacy with the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Smith set the all-time rushing record, not in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, but in the strange costume of the Arizona Cardinals (before they were playoff contenders).

That’s just a slap in the face. “Thank you for your help in building our franchise into a playoff contender, but we think we’ve milked you for all your worth, so now we’re letting you go. Buh-Bye.” The Chargers flat out abused Tomlinson for years. He carried more mail than the all of the greater Los Angeles Post offices combined. They rode him until his tires almost fell off. And what does he get for his service, his trouble, his pain? A “see ya later. big guy.”

Nothing would be sweeter than watching LT sign with the Denver Broncos or Kansas City Chiefs to help them tutor their “running backs of the future” Knowshon Moreno and Jamaal Charles, respectively, while staying in the AFC West and helping his new team take over the top spot in the conference.

Paybacks can be a bitch. Rice and Smith never really managed to exact revenge on their former teams. It would be nice, just once, to see a quite, mild-mannered guy like LT give the middle fingers to his former team a couple of times each year.

Now the question is, who will the Chargers draft at running back this year? Because obviously Darren Sproles is not an every-down everyday running back.

Mr Pressbox Out!!

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