Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers Release Tomlinson

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Micah WarrenContributor IFebruary 22, 2010

The San Diego Chargers have done the inevitable: they released LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers are now off the hook for his $2 million bonus and $3 million salary and will look to completely revamp the backfield this year.

They also have Darren Sproles, who is a restricted free agent and will cost $7 million to retain. And they have 32-year old Michael Bennett, who can’t play anymore and will cost $1.25 million. Bennett isn’t a concern, but finding out what to do with Sproles is something else. Sproles is a little keg of dynamite, but not big enough to carry a full load.

The release of Tomlinson isn’t a shock to anyone. He’s been saying for quite a while now that he’s probably done in San Diego and ripping the franchise probably didn’t help.

LaDainian is only 31-years old but has a lot of mileage on him. His knees are getting sore and he’s a shell of the stud that he used to be. We can’t see anyone signing him to be anything more than a backup at this point.

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