The San Diego Chargers have said that they have cut off negotiations with running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees, who is now with the Saints, seems to have seen an opening.
“For me, I’m just waiting for the opportunity, if he is available, to come and snatch him away,” said Brees. Brees admitted sharing that sentiment with Tomlinson, but candidly played it off as “just two buddies talkin’ on the phone”, during his interview on San Diego’s XX 1090 AM.
The Saints, who recently released fan favorites Deuce McAllister and Mike Karney, are having salary cap trouble, but could use a running back of Tomlinson's caliber.
Despite the salary cap issues, Brees doesn't think that Tomlinson should take a pay cut. “Look at his track record,” Brees said, “Many people could say he had a decline this year, but I disagree with that. He was banged up for the majority of the year, and I think that’s just part of the game at times."
Both Brees and Tomlinson were drafted by the Chargers in 2001. Brees was released by the team in 2006, in favor of young gun Phillip Rivers, after suffering a shoulder injury. He was soon signed by the Saints, who had recently released quarterback Aaron Brooks.