View Full Version : LT reworks contract with the Chargers

03-10-2009, 09:00 PM

LaDainian Tomlinson is staying with the San Diego Chargers as both sides reached an agreement on a restructured contract that will keep the Pro Bowl running back with the team in 2009, according to sources close to Tomlinson and the franchise.

Tomlinson approved the deal Tuesday night. Chargers management, including president Dean Spanos, was vital in helping patch what had been a tense situation in January.

The deal, which concludes nearly two weeks of contract talks, will also allow Tomlinson to make the $6.725 million he was scheduled to earn this season. That amount was originally in base salary, but has been restructured to be part signing bonus and part salary to help the team create room under the salary cap. Tomlinson’s pay for this season had been a sticking point because his backup, Darrren Sproles, is scheduled to make $6.6 million this season as a result of the one-year tender for being designated with the team’s franchise tag.

As part of the deal, Tomlinson also reworked the final two years of the contract to help the Chargers. Tomlinson will reduce his base salaries of $8 million in 2010 and $9.275 million in 2011. Tomlinson will be able to earn the money back in incentives. In addition, some of his contract will be converted to a roster bonus payable in March 2010, forcing the Chargers to have to make an earlier decision on whether to keep him.

The agreement also ends what had initially been terse discussions between the sides at the end of the season. Tomlinson took offense to remarks made by San Diego general manager A.J. Smith, including an apparent mocking that occurred after the running back declared his desires to stay with the franchise.

However, agent Tom Condon and Chargers vice president of football operations Ed McGuire were able to work out a new deal. Tomlinson, who was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft, is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,110 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Those were the lowest and second-lowest totals, respectively, for Tomlinson in his eight-year career.

Tomlinson dealt with a torn stomach muscle at the end of last season and had a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee at the end of the 2007 season.

03-10-2009, 09:04 PM
Didn't you get the memo? We are only accepting Cutler and McDaniels related threads at this time. :D

03-10-2009, 09:07 PM
LOL - I thought people might want a change of pace and could get back to talking about LT sulking on the bench for another year!

03-10-2009, 09:22 PM

03-10-2009, 09:32 PM
LT is the man...no need to dog him just because he plays for a rival...i'm disappointed to hear he'll be staying in SD

03-10-2009, 10:25 PM

03-10-2009, 10:30 PM
LT came to his senses. Good deal.

Although, I think this only delays the inevitable one year - (The big roster bonus in March 2010)

03-10-2009, 10:37 PM
Good, I can't wait to see Everette Brown rip his ****ing face off.

03-12-2009, 08:05 PM
Posted by Mike Florio on March 12, 2009, 8:32 p.m. EDT
Although the Chargers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson have worked out their differences, the contractual dispute between the two parties was sufficiently significant to prompt L.T. to ponder seriously his next NFL destination.

Tomlinson said on Thursday’s Dan Patrick Show that the 2006 NFL MVP considered the Saints, the Ravens, and the Broncos.

Most speculation centered on L.T. going to the Saints, where he would have been reunited with former San Diego quarterback Drew Brees. In Baltimore, L.T. would have again played for former Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

He also told Patrick that he’d be happy to share carries with Darren Sproles. Previously, it wasn’t clear whether L.T. would agree to a job-sharing arrangement.


03-12-2009, 08:14 PM