San Diego Chargers Release RB LaDainian Tomlinson

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIFebruary 22, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers have released long-time running back LaDainian Tomlinson after nine seasons with the team.

Tomlinson was notified today by Chargers President Dean Spano, that he was to be released.

The move comes after speculation that the running back, who set the NFL single-season record for touchdowns in a season (31) during the 2006 season, had played his last game in a Chargers uniform and would not return for the 2010-2011 season.

Many believe the success of Chargers RB Darren Sproles coupled with Tomlinson's lack of productivity recently, along with a great chance to clear salary cap to be the leading factors in his release. He was schedule to receive a $2 million dollar bonus at the beginning of spring.

Tomlinson put up amazing numbers while playing with the Chargers.

In nine seasons he recorded 12,490 yards and 138 rushing touchdowns along with 15 receiving touchdowns.

He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2006 and earned Pro Bowl honors five times.

Tomlinson was one of 53 men recognized as the Greatest All-Time Chargers during the team’s 50th anniversary celebration this past season and was recently named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

Tomlinson's 138 career rushing touchdowns are the second most in NFL history and his 153 total touchdowns ranks third in NFL history.