Money wasn’t the only factor that influenced this decision, but Tomlinson’s declining play made it hard for team president Dean Spanos to keep the future Hall of Fame back on the roster.
“I told him that in the 26 years that I’ve been in this business, it was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do,” Spanos told The Associated Press.
After 9 nine seasons with the franchise, Tomlinson is the Chargers all-time leading rusher with 12,490, he’s eigth on the NFL’s career rushing list and he ranks third in total career touchdowns with 153.
Despite all his success and the massive numbers he gathered in San Diego, Tomlinson is 30-years-old and will turn 31 before the start of the 2010 NFL season.
With his declining play, his rushing numbers dropped each of the last 4 seasons, and increasing age, Tomlinson’s days as a feature back are over. His only option is to sign with a contender and hope to win a SuperBowl before his playing days are over.
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