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LaDainian Tomlinson Restructures Deal With Chargers

aSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2009

After mocking comments from his general manager, a "doesn't look promising" update from his mother, and Drew Brees planting the seed for a reunion, LaDainian Tomlinson has restructured his deal with the San Diego Chargers and will remain with the team for at least one more season.

Tomlinson, who will take a pay cut in 2010 and 2011 to give the team more cap room, will stay with the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2001.

"I love San Diego and being a part of this team with my teammates. My number one priority was to stay here in San Diego," said Tomlinson. "I truly believe this is the place that gives me the best chance to be successful and win a championship. I want to finish the job we started when I got here eight years ago. My heart has always been in San Diego. I couldn't imagine putting on another uniform."

Last season, LaDainian's numbers took a turn for the worse. He rushed for a career low 1,100 yards and recorded only 11 touchdowns, his lowest total since his rookie season. This was partially due to the fact that Tomlinson attempted a career low 292 carries (his first time finishing below 300 attempts in his career) but his yards per carry (3.8) were also the lowest since he entered the league.

San Diego hopes that Tomlinson can return next season as the elite running back that they know and love and while the eight-year veteran is happy to return to the Bolts, he won't be truly satisfied until he leads the team to a championship.

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