The San Diego Chargers will announce later this afternoon that they will sign RB LaDainian Tomlinson to a one-day contract in order to allow the veteran running back to retire as a member of the team which drafted him 2001. Tomlinson was a free agent after playing out his two-year contract with the New York Jets, but drew no interest from teams around the league.
The five-time Pro Bowler has compiled a Hall of Fame resume in his 11 seasons in the NFL. Eight consecutive seasons of over 1,000 yards. 13,684 career rushing yards (ranks 5th all-time). 162 total touchdowns (ranks 3rd all-time). 145 rushing touchdowns (ranks 2nd all-time). Tomlinson holds the all-time record for most total touchdowns scored in a single season, 31, a number he reached in 2006, the same year he was named the NFL MVP. Tomlinson also holds two rushing titles, earned in 2006 and 2007.
This is a classy move from the Chargers, a team with a sagging fan base after suffering several seasons of disappointment on the field. Tomlinson’s departure from the team was strained as tensions between himself and Chargers general manager A.J. Smith surfaced. Tomlinson was known as a class act on and off the field during his playing days and now in five years, we should be seeing a bust being placed in Canton, Ohio in his honor.