LaDainian Tomlinson: Time for Him To Retire?

February 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Yesterday marked the end of an era in San Diego, when the Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson.  The move was expected—and frankly, a year overdue.
The L.T. we saw last year was a shadow of his former self.  He failed to reach the century mark in any game and finished the season with a paltry 3.3 yards-per-carry average.
The culmination was a 12-carry, 24-yard effort in the Chargers loss to the Jets in the divisional round in yet another playoff disappointment for the Bolts.  He was outgained by Darren Sproles, who had only three carries the entire game.
L.T. will be 31 before the start of the 2010 season, but he claims he still has something left in the tank and wants to continue playing.
If I were consulting L.T., I’d tell him to just hang them up.
The allure of a championship is enticing, but would any championship caliber team take a chance on him?
At this point in his career, he is a clear-cut backup.  He’s no longer capable of carrying the...

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