Chargers cut Tomlinson, where will he go?

22 02 2010

If Donte Stallworth can find a home the next day after being reinstated in the league, especially with his colorful past, one of the best all-around guys and superb running backs in the game won’t go unsigned for long. LT may be 30 but he still has more running, catching and juking still to do in the NFL.

The one of best scenarios for LT is with a team with a solid starting running back that wants a change-of-pace back to rest their hauler while keeping defenses on their toes. You can’t rest on LT or he will break a defender’s ankles on his way to the house. The other is with a team that plans on drafting a stud running back in the first two rounds.

So what are the best options?

Teams looking to improve their running game through the draft that would like to have Tomlinson as a built-in mentor and starting running back threat:

New England, Seattle, Detroit, Cleveland, Tampa Bay

New England is the best shot out of the bunch to give LT a shot at a Super Bowl ring before he retires. But he’s definitely guaranteed solid playing time with the other clubs. The weather in Seattle and Tampa favor his aging running ability, as well as the indoors of Ford Field in Detroit.

Teams with established or young starters that might be interested in a change-of-pace back like LT:

Atlanta, Kansas City, San Francisco, Denver, Arizona, Cincinnati, New York Jets

LT could have the choice of backing up established backs like Michael Turner (there’s irony), Frank Gore or Cedric Benson, or helping young backs like Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno, Beanie Wells, and (depending on what the JETS do with their backfield) Shonn Greene. Atlanta, San Francisco, Kansas City and the Jets are the best options of this group.

And the long-shots (because they already have a solid backfield or just simply wouldn’t fit for LT) are:
Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Jacksonville, Carolina, New Orleans

No one wants to work in Oakland, and LT won’t be that desperate. Dallas, Baltimore, New York, Carolina and New Orleans have no need for LT.

My money is on New England, San Francisco, Kansas City or Atlanta. With the final nod going to Kansas City. And I also predict it will happen sometime in the next two weeks, with the combine in the center. This gives teams a chance to look at the potential talent pool before making a final decision on their needs, and whether or not those needs might include a future Hall-of-Famer in Tomlinson.

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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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Related links:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4888134

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/report-ladainian-tomlinson-says-he-thinks-hes-done-as-a-san-diego-charger





Tomlinson says Chargers to release him, hopefully soon

4 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 maintained 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 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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community.foxsports.com/mrpressbox
www.twitter.com/mrpressbox

Related links:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4888134

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/report-ladainian-tomlinson-says-he-thinks-hes-done-as-a-san-diego-charger

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